Wednesday 29 March 2017

Gardaí to get pay freeze refund

Gardaí will get a refund of wages they lost due to a freeze on their increments if they back a deal brokered with the Government. Stock Image
Gardaí will get a refund of wages they lost due to a freeze on their increments if they back a deal brokered with the Government. Stock Image

Anne-Marie Walsh

Gardaí will get a refund of wages they lost due to a freeze on their increments if they back a deal brokered with the Government.

A draft agreement struck with the Department of Justice last Friday means that a pay freeze they suffered for refusing to back the Lansdowne Road deal will be lifted.

And they will get back any money lost since July 1, when the pay freeze was imposed.

In addition, new recruits have a rent allowance of €4,017 restored, once gardaí co-operate with new initiatives. These include the introduction of an armed response unit in the Dublin Metropolitan Region.

The rent allowance will be restored in two phases. Half of it will be paid on January 1 next year, and the other half on January 1 the following year.

Under the terms of the deal, the Garda Commissioner will have flexibility in implementing an extra 30 hours a year they must work under the Lansdowne Road deal.

The details of this will be worked out at talks with the Garda Representative Association by the end of the year. Gardaí will get recognition for training carried out before they are attested for pension purposes.

The association's demand for a 39-hour week will be referred to a third party for conciliation before the end of the Lansdowne Road deal. Gardaí currently do a 40-hour week.

Like other unions, gardaí will get access to "future pay determination mechanisms". The deal acknowledges that the association is seeking trade union rights under a review that is under way.

The Central Executive Committee of the association met yesterday to discuss the proposed deal and it will be debated at a Special Delegate Conference tomorrow before a decision will be taken on a ballot of members.

Irish Independent

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