This is regarding Fás employees who are given SEVENTY DAYS ANNUAL LEAVE for the last two years before they retire!
Bearing in mind that those who are entitled to this must have been in office during those heady days of spending a 1 Billion euro budget when unemployment was close to zero is to say the least a piss-take.
The report,by the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) says that those who are assisted by the State while on the dole were less likely to return to work than the average welfare recipient.
They found that participation in programmes run by FAS increased the probability of subsequent employment by between 10 and 14 per cent.
However, Fás “activation interviews” with jobseekers resulted in the chances of entering employment being about 17 per cent lower for those who went through the interview process.
Overall – the effect of FAS was either zero, or at best weakly positive. http://www.esri.ie/news_events/latest_press_releases/activation_in_ireland_an_/index.xml
There seems to be very little information about actual remuneration for Fás employees but if we take the average wage to be €60.000 (conservative estimate), then the annual leave would cost the taxpayer €16,153 per employee.
We all know that this benefit will probably be removed and replaced by a nice fat payoff for those employees affected.
A little ‘rich’ in my view.