Sunday 18 March 2018

Sergeants and inspectors say no to proposals as strike looms

AGSI president Antoinette Cunningham Photo: Steve Humphreys
AGSI president Antoinette Cunningham Photo: Steve Humphreys

Anne-Marie Walsh

The Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors' 2,500 members are still set to go on strike on Friday after rejecting Government proposals.

President Antoinette Cunningham said it was presented with a proposal which was "inequitable".

"We represent 2,080 sergeants and inspectors and we will not part-negotiate on their behalf," she said. "However, we remain open and available for talks and await more coherent and realistic proposals from the official side. But (as of yesterday evening) our third day of industrial action is set for Friday, November 4 and individual members of this association are planning on withdrawing their service for a 24-hour period."

Ms Cunningham would not say if the proposal was the same one that yesterday was rejected by the Garda Representative Association's executive committee.

The proposed €2,500 pay boost in the deal would bring a €4,115 rent allowance into their wages, and boosting premium payments and overtime by €1,025 a year. There would be a payment for holding briefings for 15 minutes before starting work, worth €1,459 a year.

Although AGSI has signed up to the Lansdowne Road Agreement, it has accused the Government or reneging on its side of the deal and lodged a pay claim for a 16.5pc pay rise.

It is seeking the wage increase, the right to negotiate its members' pay, and access to the Workplace Relations Commission and Labour Court. It also wants recognition and implementation of an EU Social Committee's decision of 2014, which would permit strikes.

The association has accused ministers of suggesting the AGSI has been provided with access to the Workplace Relations Commission after current talks with the Government were referred there.

Ms Cunningham said access to the body was on an ad hoc basis and the issue of long-term access has not been resolved.

Irish Independent

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