Monday 23 October 2017

Anne-Marie Walsh: Putting a price on pension value won't help gardaí in the sympathy stakes

'There is no doubt if the public had known that Garda pensions were worth between €30,000 and €40,000, bringing their average remuneration to €100,000 a year, there may have been less public sympathy for their threatened strikes last month' (stock photo)
'There is no doubt if the public had known that Garda pensions were worth between €30,000 and €40,000, bringing their average remuneration to €100,000 a year, there may have been less public sympathy for their threatened strikes last month' (stock photo)

Anne-Marie Walsh

John Horgan's decision to put a price on the value of Garda pensions was a brave move and will change the tone of Government talks on whether it should give more pay rises to public servants.

Those used to the industrial relations scene are familiar with unions and employers couching their benefits in terms that are not immediately accessible to most people. The reason, more often than not, is they don't want them to know.

Up to now, the value of pensions when it came up during previous exercises to benchmark public sector pay against the private sector has usually been expressed as a percentage of pay. Unions are arguing that giving them a value of 12pc of wages is too high and urged the pay body that will advise the Government on its strategy to consider a lower estimate.

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