A bloke working at Irish Rail in Dublin who says he is being paid £105,000 for doing “nothing” is taking legal action against his employers because he’s so bored.
Dermot Mills have evidence in a hearing yesterday into his complaint under the Protected Disclosures Act 2014.
He claims that after it emerged that he had blown the whistle on irregular accounting matters at the company in 2014, he has been sidelined and given no work to do.
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Mr Mills told the Workplace Relations Commission: “I either work from home or go into the office – two days at home, three days in the office.”
Mr Mills added: “If I go to the office, I go in for 10am. I buy two newspapers, The Times and The Independent, and a sandwich,” reports the Daily Mail.
“I go into my cubicle, I turn on my computer, I look at emails. There are no emails associated with work, no messages, no communications, no colleague communications.
“I sit and I read the newspaper and I eat my sandwich. Then about 10.30am, if there's an email which requires an answer, I answer it. If there's work associated with it, I do that work”.
After leaving for lunch and a walk from around Noon, he returns to the office between 2:30 and 3pm.
Then, he says, “if there's nothing to be done, I go home”.
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His representative, former Irish Rail HR chief and industrial relations consultant John Keenan, incredulously asks him: “You're paid €121,000 [£105,000] for doing nothing?”.
“Yes,” confirms Mr Mills. “When I say to do nothing, I mean to not use my skills”.
Tom Mallon, acting for Irish Rail, asked Mr Mills if he might be himself to blame for his lack of progress at the company, suggesting that he had been “looking around for some way to explain your position without looking at yourself”.
Mr Mills replied: “If you're saying I'm looking for an excuse for the bad treatment – I didn't know why I was being treated so badly by the company”.
Adjudicating officer Penelope McGrath has now closed the hearing and adjourned it until February.
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