Friday 9 December 2016

1,900 officers will lose pay increments over the next 12 months

Anne-Marie Walsh

Published 29/09/2016 | 02:30

A total of 1,900 gardaí are set to lose their pay increments over the next 12 months for
refusing to sign up to the Lansdowne Road Agreement. Stock Image
A total of 1,900 gardaí are set to lose their pay increments over the next 12 months for refusing to sign up to the Lansdowne Road Agreement. Stock Image

A total of 1,900 gardaí are set to lose their pay increments over the next 12 months for refusing to sign up to the Lansdowne Road Agreement.

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Official figures, seen by the Irish Independent, show that almost 700 of these members of the force were recruited in the past three years.

By Christmas this year, about 950 gardaí will have been denied their increments.

Garda sources claimed that the effect on a garda's income during their career of the pay freeze for the term of the Lansdowne Road Agreement ranges from €4,000 to €50,000.

Gardaí have been subject to the pay freeze under emergency legislation since July 1, when the Haddington Road deal ran out.

By early August, 97 trainee gardaí who were due to move from a salary of €23,750 to €25,727 had been hit by the freeze.

A further 519 secondary teachers had been affected by the halt on the payments, which are normally made each year, at the same time.

Gardaí are enduring the pay freeze to further their campaign for restoration of pay cuts taken during the crisis years.

In a letter to members, the general secretary of the Garda Representative Association, Pat Ennis, said its protest plans would be disseminated verbally through its network of representatives and open meetings.

"I ask you to persevere again with the solidarity and unity shown to date which gives us a semblance of power in the industrial-relations landscape," he said.

"If we remain resolute and determined, then together we can, and will, prevail."

Irish Independent

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