Sunday 22 January 2017

March shows this normally staid organisation is prepared to take action over pay claim

Published 18/05/2016 | 02:30

General secretary of the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors, John Jacob. Photo: Keith Heneghan
General secretary of the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors, John Jacob. Photo: Keith Heneghan

General secretary of the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors, John Jacob admitted recently that if he had suggested to his members three or four years they should march on the Dail in support of their campaign for a restoration of pay rates to 2008 levels he would have been "laughed out of court".

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But this year his members were insisting on it.

He got a standing ovation and messages of support from delegates at the association's annual conference last month when he announced he was prepared to go to jail if prosecuted for advocating a strike.

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