Sunday 19 November 2017

Trade unions demand Lansdowne Road Agreement review following garda pay deal

Eoin Ronayne
Eoin Ronayne Newsdesk Newsdesk

The government is facing follow-on pay claims from a number of trade unions after a late-night deal offered to the garda associations.

The Civil Public and Services Union (CPSU) and Impact have released statements this morning calling on the government to make immediate arrangements to negotiate accelerated pay recovery for all public servants.

Last night the Garda Representative Association (GRA) and the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors (AGSI) deferred a planned 24-hour strike following recommendations on pay issued by the Labour Court.

The unions are seeking an immediate discussion with the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) in relation to its support for the Lansdowne Road pay agreement.

In a statement IMPACT said they warned last week that the Lansdowne Road Agreement (LRA) would "come under pressure" if groups outside the agreement were offered better arrangements than those inside.

"Yesterday’s Labour Court recommendation in the Garda dispute goes beyond the LRA and therefore represents a material change in the situation.

"It is in the best interests of all public servants – the weakest as well as the strongest – that their pay and working conditions are negotiated collectively, and that pay restoration is achieved within a coherent agreement that applies to everyone who delivers public services.

"IMPACT is, therefore, calling on the Government to make immediate arrangements for negotiations with ICTU’s Public Services Committee aimed at significantly accelerating the timetable for pay restoration and addressing any other issues that arise from Labour Court recommendation."

Commenting on the latest developments General Secretary of the CPSU - the representative body for lower paid civil service workers - Eoin Ronayne said their members will want to be afforded the same ‘flexibilities within the LRA’ that have been offered to gardaí.  

"Specifically the CPSU welcomed the apparent space within the LRA to increase pay in compensation for unpaid hours worked and also the offer to compensate staff for management’s power of discretion in relation to the taking of leave which applies to all workers in the public service.

"An alternative to paying additional salary (as in the Garda case) for the 100+ hours worked free each year would be to roll them back at no payroll cost to the Exchequer while the new Annual Leave payment for a Clerical Officer at the start of their career would amount to an additional €330 a year." 

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