Sunday 21 January 2018

Gardai vote to accept Croke Park pay reforms

Tom Brady

RANK-and-file gardai have voted three to one in favour of the Croke Park pay deal.

The Garda Representative Association announced last night that its members had accepted the deal after it had been recommended by its central executive.

"We are living in uncertain times," general secretary PJ Stone said. "Our duty is to ensure our members are not subjected to further pay cuts, having already suffered five -- typically taking home €5,000 less this year than in 2008."

The proposed reforms include a new roster system. This will be introduced on a pilot basis and gardai will be balloted for their views.

Mr Stone said management and staff associations agreed the current roster did not comply with the European Working Time Directive. The association now intends to talk to its European counterparts and analyse rosters in other jurisdictions.

Irish Independent

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