Public sector changes: Rolling back the ‘free’ hours, but at what cost to the state?

The troika-driven deal which obliged nurses, gardaí and civil servants to do extra work hours is set to reversed, but what will the impact be?

Healthcare workers: Haddington Road agreement provided for extra work hours from public sector employees. Picture: PA

Before Paul Reid became chief executive of the HSE, he played a key role in securing a crucial agreement. As the assistant secretary in the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, he was the government’s chief negotiator on what became known as the Haddington Road Agreement.

The deal he secured with public sector unions was for 15 million extra hours of “unpaid” work per year from nurses, civil servants, gardaí and others.

But now after ...