Forsa denies its staff at Roscommon county council do not dictate flexi leave arrangements

The union respresenting Forsa workers in Roscommon County Council is denying that staff dictate to their managers in relation to availing of flexi-leave arrangements.

160 workers are due to take strike action on Thursday over the decision by management not to grant any flexi-leave in the past year, despite an agreement reached at the Labour Court this time last year that the scheme remain in place.

However, the court did recommended that management operate the agreement, where staff can accumulate an extra day a month, up to 13 per year, in a more stringent fashion in line with the local authoritie’s business and operational needs.

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Padraig Mulligan of FORSA says in practice, staff would approach their manager seeking to work extra hours with a view to attending a hospital or doctors appointment or family needs.

Speaking on Let’s Talk, Padraig Mulligan of Forsa denied that staff were dictating the arrangements to their manager, rather than managers identifying the need for out of hours work.