Friday 20 October 2017

Garda €50m pay deal could be wiped as they're earmarked for hike in pension contribution

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Anne-Marie Walsh

THE government is set to target gardaí for some of the biggest hikes in pension contributions at new talks, wiping out part of the €50m pay deal they won last year.

This is because they are among 23,000 workers who enjoy the best gold-plated retirement benefits in the public sector.

They have fast accrual pensions that mean they qualify for a full pension in a much shorter timeframe than the 40 years most workers have to serve.

Senior union sources also revealed that nurses are unlikely to get extra pay rises at talks due to begin shortly that they have demanded in recognition of retention difficulties.

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They are not confident that the government will agree to the abolition of 15 million extra unpaid hours being worked by public servants.

Unions have demanded that the hours are abolished, and said they are putting a particular strain on female workers who have to pay extra for childcare.

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