Wednesday 29 March 2017

Garda body says members won't do free overtime

The AGSI last night said it was encouraging its 2,000 members not to work 30 hours of free overtime, which was agreed upon under the Haddington Road Agreement
The AGSI last night said it was encouraging its 2,000 members not to work 30 hours of free overtime, which was agreed upon under the Haddington Road Agreement
Emma Jane Hade

Emma Jane Hade

The group representing mid-ranking gardaí has said that its members will not work 30 hours of unpaid overtime, which was introduced as part of the last public sector pay deal.

The Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors (AGSI) last night said it was encouraging its 2,000 members not to work 30 hours of free overtime, which was agreed upon under the Haddington Road Agreement, beyond the end of this year.

The AGSI, which rejected the latest public sector pay deal, the Lansdowne Road Agreement, earlier this year, said it had "no confidence" that any current deal would be honoured.

Union chiefs also expressed their disappointment at the incremental pay freeze that was introduced as part of the 2015 Fempi Bill and is due to take effect from next July.

"The Government is failing to recognise AGSI members' full commitment to the Haddington Road Agreement. We suffered pay cuts, worked 30 hours for free and engaged fully in that agreement to help the Government turn the economy around during the worst financial crisis this country has witnessed," said John Jacob, AGSI deputy general secretary.

Irish Independent

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