Monday 19 August 2019

CAB staff 'danger money' claim dismissed by court

Criminal Assets Bureau. Photo: Gareth Chaney / Collins
Criminal Assets Bureau. Photo: Gareth Chaney / Collins

Tim Healy

Five Criminal Asset Bureau staff have seen their "danger money" claim dismissed by the High Court.

The forensic accountants and financial crime analysts went to court after being denied a €19,000 allowance paid to non-Garda officers for doing dangerous work.

Mr Justice Senan Allen told them that the High Court had "no function in adjudicating on pay claims".

He said the five, when realising they were required to carry out duties other than those in their job description, were entitled to make a pay claim to the Department of Finance.

When rejected, they were entitled to bring that claim to conciliation and arbitration but did not do so.

In their action, the five claimed allowances of €19,000 a year over salary are paid to CAB officers who have been seconded from Revenue, the Department of Social Protection, and Customs and Excise.

That, they said, is to mark the nature of the work, including fieldwork, conducted by CAB. The five, who cannot be identified, have worked for CAB for many years.

Mr Justice Allen said there was no general right in law to equal pay for equal work.

Irish Independent

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