Wednesday 7 December 2016

GRA boss to face no confidence vote on €40m pay deal

Published 09/11/2016 | 02:30

Pat Ennis is facing growing criticism from GRA members Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Pat Ennis is facing growing criticism from GRA members Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Under-fire Garda Representative Association (GRA) boss Pat Ennis today faces a vote of no confidence over his handling of negotiations with Garda management last week.

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Mr Ennis, who was appointed general secretary of the association on August 31, will become the first member of the officer board to face a no confidence motion.

However, GRA figures on the body's central executive council (CEC) said further motions of no confidence in other members could follow.

The GRA will today meet in Dublin at its headquarters in Phibsborough for the second time in 48 hours to discuss the fallout from last week's Labour Court decision.

Consent

There is particular anger over the decision by Mr Ennis and others to agree to a derogation at a meeting on Thursday morning, just hours before the planned strike action.

GRA figures said the decision was taken without the consent of the wider executive, which, they argued, represented a breach of trust.

"Members remain extremely angry with the actions of the officer board," one executive source told the Irish Independent last night.

AGSI members meet in Phibsborough, Dublin, yesterday Photo: Doug O’Connor
AGSI members meet in Phibsborough, Dublin, yesterday Photo: Doug O’Connor

The GRA will also decide on the process whereby rank-and-file members are balloted on the proposals set out by the Labour Court. Such a process will take at least a fortnight, sources said.

The GRA has therefore called off further days of planned action for later this month.

The Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors (AGSI) confirmed last night that it has deferred all strikes planned for this month to ballot its members. President Antoinette Cunningham said a meeting of its National Executive discussed the impact of the Labour Court recommendation to resolve the dispute on the pay of the association's 2,080 members. The ballot's post and return dates will be decided this week.

Meanwhile, new data circulated by the GRA revealed some gardaí would get an increase worth €4,150 if they accepted the Labour Court package.

An analysis of the court's recommendation circulated to members said that in addition to the €500 increase in the rent allowance, bringing it to €5,665, a new annual leave premium was worth €510 a year.

In addition, a payment for 15-minute pre-tour briefings, when gardaí prepare for work, would be worth between €997 and €1,669.

An increase in maximum rostered unsocial allowances was worth up to €1,471 a year.

The document noted the court recommended that the demand by gardaí for a 39-hour week and a new method of calculating overtime would be examined and resolved by June 30.

It said on top of the other increases, €1,000 will be added to their annual basic pay under Fempi legislation (Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest) on September 1.

Irish Independent

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