Monday 18 December 2017

Gardaí to reap benefits of pay restoration on top of €50m deal

Junior Minister Sean Canney Photo: Tom Burke
Junior Minister Sean Canney Photo: Tom Burke

Anne-Marie Walsh and Kevin Doyle

Gardaí have been told they may get even more pay rises under new talks with unions to accelerate wage increases, if they sign up to a €50m pay deal.

Documents sent to the Garda Representative Association's 10,500 members with their ballot papers yesterday outline the potential benefits of the deal.

The new deal put forward by the Labour Court to halt a series of unprecedented strikes is worth 8pc to some gardaí, according to sources.

A 'Summary of the Key Financials' of the court recommendation reveals that a new recruit will get up to €8,640. A garda with six years' service will get €5,036 and a garda in their 17th year will get €5,157.

These figures include a €1,000 pay rise already due next September under the Lansdowne Road deal.

But the document also highlights that gardaí will benefit further, if the Government unwinds legislation that cut their wages during the recession.

The Public Services Committee of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions had demanded talks in the new year on faster 'restoration' of pay cuts.

The GRA guide points to the fact that gardaí will be in line to gain from the very talks the unions are demanding, on top of the Labour Court proposal.

"The recommendation is in addition to restoration (€1,000 - September 1 2017) within Lansdowne Road Agreement and any successor that may be negotiated," it stated.

Meanwhile, two members of the Independent Alliance have called for vacant positions in the senior ranks of An Garda Síochána to be filled immediately.

At least eight appointments are needed at management level - but the Government is undecided on whether to fill the gaps before the power of appointment goes to the Policing Authority on December 31.

Junior Minister Sean Canney and his colleague Kevin 'Boxer' Moran told the Irish Independent that Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald must not let the problem linger. "There has been a lot of controversies relating to An Garda Síochána in recent years and we need that to stop. For that to happen it's important that proper management is in place," Mr Canney said.

"We can see this new Policing Authority is going to be set up. These people have been told they have the jobs. Now we're going to reverse that? That's something I'd be against," Mr Moran said.

Irish Independent

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