Friday 9 December 2016

Labour to let gardaí and army reps into pay talks

Published 23/02/2016 | 02:30

Joan Burton chats to Erin Gallimore at Shellybanks Educate Together National School in Ballsbridge. Photo: Tom Burke
Joan Burton chats to Erin Gallimore at Shellybanks Educate Together National School in Ballsbridge. Photo: Tom Burke

The Labour Party will promise soldiers and gardaí the chance to set their pay, if elected to Government.

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The pledge will allow bodies representing the gardaí and the army to take part in talks to set their salaries.

The Garda Representative Association and other defence forces groups are barred from collective bargaining. Gardaí and the Army are also banned from striking.

Tánaiste Joan Burton said this was part of her party's plan to "update Ireland's industrial relation laws, within the appropriate frameworks".

Meanwhile, Ms Burton does not believe left-wing parties can form a government, saying their main concern is to prove "how left-wing they all can be".

Speaking at the launch of Labour's education access plan where the party pledged to deliver more than 100 new multi-denominational schools by 2021, she said these "supposed-left politicians" shy away from decision making.

Ms Burton doubted Sinn Féin could lead a coalition after it made plans to share power with anti-water charges groups.

Ms Burton also ruled out a possibility of sharing power with Independents as their demands "could not be met".

"Would you be able to fund it (a Government) if you have people coming in not with a list of demands but a trolley load of them?" she asked.

Irish Independent

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