Over 120 attended the Regional meeting of the “ALLIANCE” which was held in the Clayton Hotel, Ballybrit, Galway on Monday 20th April. Many members of the GSRMA travelled from areas “West of the Shannon” to hear the debate and raise question concerning the restoration of pension-cuts.
GSRMA met with a delegation from Fianna Fail on Tuesday evening, 31st. March in Leinster House and put our case forward for a complete restoration of Garda Pensions, with effective from 1st. January next.
We set out in detail our position and the inequality and anomalies that pertain within the Financial Emergency Act 2013 with its application as against serving colleagues within the entire Public Service.
We set out our position in relation to the question of parity, if and when we come to the next national Pay Agreement.
We also raised the question of the payment of our Garda Pensions a month in advance, and the possibility of a change to payment in arrears. This was the first they had heard of this proposal and have undertaken to ask questions as to the logic behind the proposal.
The Alliance of Retired Public Servants, also met with Fianna Fail on the following day, yesterday Wednesday 1st. April. Between the two meetings Fianna Fail have undertaken to put down a number of PQ’s (Parliamentary Questions) as to how the Minister propose to proceed with a time frame in relation to the restoration of all Public Service Pensions, given that we were outside the negotiations of Haddington Road when agreed.
Fianna Fail did not give any undertaking, if returned to power, at the next General Election that a restoration would be undertaken, but did undertake to interact with us again, either prior to or just after publication of their Election Manifesto.
So it’s extremely important that we maintain the pressure, such a means is attendance at the Open Meetings of the Alliance of Retired Public Servants, and being heard.