Wednesday 28 September 2016

Hundreds of gardai march to Dail over pay restoration

Published 17/05/2016 | 12:58

Gardai out of uniform march along Dublin's Dame Street. Photo: Steve Humphries
Gardai out of uniform march along Dublin's Dame Street. Photo: Steve Humphries

HUNDREDS of off-duty and retired garda sergeants and inspectors are marching on the Department of the Taoiseach this afternoon to demand a wage restoration and the right to negotiate with the Government.

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The group set off from Castle Street in Dublin city centre at around 12.15pm, before taking the route to Merrion Street Upper.

A group of anti-water protesters were also gathered at Kildare Street for a separate demonstration.

John Jacob, general secretary of the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors (ASGI) said that members had suffered an effective pay cut of 25pc since 2008.

He said that there was the possibility of official strike action if the Government refused to negotiate, but said he hoped it would not come to that.

The AGSI are planning three weeks of protests which will escalate to a form of work-to-rule, but not a strike, if there is no engagement by Government.

While gardai are forbidden from taking strike action, Mr Jacob said members were prepared to deal with the consequences.

The gardai marching today are not in uniform as it is illegal for gardai to protest march in uniform. It is estimated that up to 600 members will attend.

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