Sunday 17 December 2017

Garda union walks away from Croke Park talks

Anne-Marie Walsh Industry Correspondent

THE union for mid-ranking gardai has pulled out of talks on a new Croke Park deal.

The Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors is the first union to walk away from the negotiations with the government over €1bn cuts to the state payroll.

It said it would not be involved in any process that involved cutting its members’ pay.

Although cuts to basic pay were not tabled, the union objects to proposals to reduce other payments to gardai, including allowances and overtime.

Gardai have been asked to contribute six percent, or €60m, of the €1bn savings being sought over the next three years.

Of this, €18.2m has to be delivered this year.

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

Management figures reveal that basic pay costs €709m a year, while shift allowances cost €113m.

Non-shift allowances cost another €75m, while overtime amounts to €42m.

Garda premium payments cost €9m, non public duty allowances, €1.7m, and civilian shift allowance, €2m.

The garda reserve allowance costs €879,522 a year.

There are over 13,000 gardai, as well as 1,903 sergeants, 262 inspectors, 153 superintendents, and 991 members of the garda reserve.

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