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Indefinite Job Contract

What protection does a contract of indefinite duration give you? I am not a civil servant but a worker in the public sector. Mary.

Hi Mary. 

 

A contract that doesn’t define duration gives you no protection and as you are in the public sector (presumably semi-state such as the ESB) you are not immune to redundancy. 

 

Redundancy in the public sector is usually negotiated through your union and if you are worried about this you should talk to your union representative to see if there is any move in your particular public sector organisation to propose redundancies. 

 

On this programme I am regularly asked about redundancy and I always say there should be full consultation by the employer with the workers before any action is taken.  Where there is a union involved, your union is your representative and the consultation process takes place with the union and they are supposed to consult with you.

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