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Tuesday 30 September 2014

Video: Gardai told to work longer for less as 95 stations close

Anne-Marie Walsh Industry Correspondent

Published 01/02/2013 | 05:00

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GARDAI will be asked to work an extra hour a day, and accept the axing of allowances and overtime cuts under government plans to slash its payroll by €1bn.

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As almost 100 garda stations closed yesterday, the Government has also demanded that the force deliver savings of €18.2m this year under plans to reduce the pay bill by 6pc.

A union for 2,000 mid-ranking gardai has already pulled out of talks on a new Croke Park deal over the cuts and the main garda union will decide whether to negotiate next week.

It has been revealed that details of eight key cuts have been tabled at talks to cut the garda payroll.

They include working an extra hour a day, which would increase garda shifts to 11 hours.

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Otherwise, they could opt to allow management to bank the extra hours and it could ask them to work them when it chose.

It is understood that prison officers accepted a similar 'banking hours' arrangement a few years ago, where they could owe hours to the organisation, but received compensation.

In addition, gardai will lose a double payment as Good Friday will no longer be considered a public holiday.

A twilight duty allowance paid from 6pm-8pm will go and a night duty allowance from 8pm to 8am will be cut.

It is proposed that a Sunday overtime payment will drop from double time to a lower payment, and public holiday pay and a Sunday premium allowance will be cut in half.

The plans also mean extra payments for working on Saturday will be abolished.

Gardai have been asked to contribute over 6pc, or €60m, of the €1bn savings over the next three years, on top of savings already earmarked under the Croke Park deal.

The saving being demanded is proportionate to the cost of the force to the State.

Management figures show the total garda pay bill costs €955m a year.

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