Several IFA execs 'call on deputy president Tim O'Leary to ensure salaries remain confidential' in letter
Published 15/12/2015 | 11:50
SEVERAL MEMBERS of the executive staff at the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) have called on deputy president Tim O’Leary to ensure the “confidentiality” of staff salaries are fully respected.
It has emerged that several full-time management executives are on salaries of more than €160,000 a year.
The letter sent to Mr O’Leary raised concerns ahead of the review into pay and governance by former chief economist Con Lucey that will be unveiled today to the IFA executive council in its Farm Centre headquarters in Bluebell, Dublin.
The staff warned that the association may be “exposing itself to potential liabilities” including “constructive dismissal, breaches of confidentiality, data protection breaches and professional damages” if remuneration is revealed.
The letter raised concerns in relation to the “turmoil” within the association.
They state that it was agreed Mr Lucey would carry out a full review of the levels of executive staff salaries and make recommendations to the executive council.
“We understand that executive staff salaries in IFA are comparable and in line with levels in equivalent roles in the Department of Agriculture and other semi states and agri-agencies,” it states.
“It is of the utmost importance to the professional reputation of the executive staff that the confidentiality in respect of staff remuneration is fully respected and abided by the association. The executive staff have clear legal protection in this regard and the association has clear legal responsibilities and obligations.”