|Snow blankets the courtyard of Government Buildings, Dublin
Irish Public Service: The Irish Times
reports today that the Government is likely to have to recruit hundreds of
school teachers later this year to plug gaps left by a bigger-than-expected
uptake of staff leaving before new pension changes take effect next month.
The current voluntary rush for the exits is a symptom of a dysfunctional system
which comes at a steep price. Dare we consider reform of a Victorian era
guarantee of lifelong employment and learn from successful countries such as
Finland, Sweden and Switzerland?
People may rail
against staff embargos and frontline staff joining an exit inducement scheme,
however the key issue here is ignored - - the guarantee of lifelong permanent
employment. Progressive countries such as Sweden and Finland responded to
economic crises in the early 1990s by upending the status quo. Switzerland,
Australia and New Zealand are also among other countries that give all
employees, whether public or private, equal protections and rights.
Ireland has to be in dire straits as it was in the 1950s to consider radical
Belated efforts to get the economy out of the 1980s slump that followed the
first period of monumental economic mismanagement in the history of the State,
were tremendously helped by a surge in investment from many of America's leading
high tech and pharmaceutical firms...
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