345 civil servants receiving full wages despite reduced working hours

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345 Civil Servants Receiving Full Wages Despite Reduced Working Hours 345 Civil Servants Receiving Full Wages Despite Reduced Working Hours
TD Marc MacSharry was criticised for comments made earlier in the year, saying some civil servants were using the pandemic to "lie on the couch".
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Digital Desk Staff

Almost 350 civil servants have been working reduced hours throughout Level 5 restrictions but receiving full salaries according to the Property Registration Authority (PRA).

Speaking at a Public Accounts Committee meeting, the PRA confirmed 345 workers are working part-time due to current restrictions while a further 202 are working full-time remotely.

Despite over 60 per cent of staff working five days every two-week period, all staff are getting paid their full salaries.

The PRA said the main focus of the measures implemented was to stop the spread of Covid-19 but measures are continually being reviewed and that staff will start working from their offices again when restrictions are lifted.

Fianna Fáil TD Marc MacSharry said he does not blame staff from the issue, but people should be working full hours for full pay.

Earlied this year, Mr MacSharry was criticised for comments he made, saying some public sector workers were using the pandemic as an excuse to "lie on the couch and watch box sets."

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"We need consistency. We need to do everything we can to keep workers safe and enable them to work from home, but we can't have a situation where more than 50 per cent of staff have been put of short time but paid full salaries just because as a State we are failing to provide them with adequate resources to work from home.

"If they are not in a position to be facilitated in the physical building, then that is a failing of the administration overall and that's what needs to be addressed."

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