No agreement in Council industrial row


The row between Roscommon County Council and IMPACT over flexible work practices was left unresolved following talks at Aras an Chontae yesterday (Wednesday) morning.

  The Labour Relations Commission had intervened in the disagreement, which had escalated over the last number of weeks. The LRC hosted the conciliation conference yesterday morning but it appears the parties failed to reach agreement. Last week, IMPACT had claimed that a ruling by the Labour Court last year did not sanction cuts to flexi-leave accrual. However, both Impact and Roscommon County Council received clarification from the court on the issue in the past few days.

  Following the clarification, Roscommon County Council released a statement which read: “Roscommon County Council is very pleased with the clarification issued by the Labour Court regarding flexible working arrangements and our interpretation of this clarification. The Council would like to ensure the public that flexi leave will not be generated in Roscommon County Council where a business need does not exist.”

  IMPACT had accused the County Council management of taking control of the flexi-leave scheme from line managers and “reducing the number of available days from 13 to two and reducing the amount of worked-up time that can be carried over from month to month.”