The purpose of introducing Work Sharing in An Garda Síochána is to enable members who are unable to work on a full-time basis due to other commitments to continue in a full career. Subject to the exigencies of the service, there are no restrictions as to the work patterns that the member can follow (this is subject to the member and the Superintendent reaching agreement).
The member can negotiate working a number of ways e.g. four hours per day; or one full week on/one full week off or work three days one week and two days the next week, or work 10 days out of twenty working days in a roster. Work sharing staff will be eligible for superannuation benefits on the same basis as full-time staff, save that each year of service given in a work-sharing capacity will reckon as six months service for superannuation purposes.
If the member has not completed 30 years approved service and has not reached the compulsory retirement age the pension benefit will be deferred until 60 years of age. On compulsory retirement regardless of service pension will be paid immediately. Both deferred and immediate pension payments are calculated on actual service.
The requirement to work 40 hours per week before overtime can be claimed has been removed. The Scheme now allows for overtime to be claimed for extra attendance which is in excess of 8 hours in any one tour of duty. This will also apply to Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays All allowances in the nature of pay will be paid on a pro rata basis when work sharers are required to work on their work sharing rest day, as work sharers will not qualify for overtime in this instance, and will be performing the role to which their allowance applies. HQ Directive 34/11 and Agreed Report 703 refer. HQ Directives
Shorter Year Working Scheme
Shorter Working Year for 2014 is available in periods of 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 or 13 consecutive weeks. The leave may be taken as one continuous period, or over a maximum of three separate periods each consisting of not less than two weeks. Members should note that where they avail of more than one period of this leave then the total available leave will not exceed 12 weeks, e.g. 2 weeks + 4 weeks + 6 weeks = 12 weeks. Therefore, members should note that 13 weeks leave may only be taken in one single period.
The period of term time shall be unpaid special leave. To be eligible for participation in the Scheme, a member must have completed at least 12 months continuous service, post attestation and have been confirmed in their appointment, before the commencement of leave. HQ Directive 76/2015 of 11 September 2015 refers.