The government is proposing to offer public servants extra day’s holidays in return for moving from weekly to fortnightly payment.
While we all thought that the heady days of public sector allowances, like extra leave to cash wage cheques (despite the fact that they are paid electronically) and overtime pay for staff not entitled to work overtime, were in the past, clearly that is not the case.
Most of us who work in the real world accept that if our employer decides to change how they pay us, we adapt and move on, grateful to be in continuing receipt of said pay.
Not so in the public sector. Such a fundamental change to their working conditions, which might involve having to budget or plan over 14 days rather than 7, is one that requires delicate union negotiations, inevitable concessions and even more anachronistic entitlements.