Kenny accused of threatening public sector jobs - RTÉ News.
There is a (wrong) perception that public servants are guaranteed a job for life unless they hit their boss or rob from the employer or are otherwise convicted.
The Unfair Dismissals Act does apply to public servants which means that it is fair to dismiss an employee on the grounds of incapacity, incompetence and conduct (subject to fair procedures).
The Employment Equality Act crosses over here as an employee cannot be discriminated against on the grounds of disability. But if that disability cannot be accommodated then dismissal can be made (in reality it would be a payoff).
Tricky since who judges it? On what objective basis? What consequence for the manager? But it remains an option.
Bullying, abuse, assault, constant lateness, AWOL etc. However, this will unleash the lawyers.
Must be fair and objective and it is the job which is made redundant not the individual employee. It will be costly since more than statutory payments will be demanded (god knows why it should be paid out?)
So who's in the firing line?
- clock watchers?
- the uninterested?
- those on stress leave?
- those with bad backs?
- those who never scored well on any productivity test?
- those who have cost the State money?
(Or is this threat just guff and the government has no intention of taking on the unions on this ground as trade unions will prefer a pay cut for all including those carrying others)