Letter to Sunday Independent – Gardai and Unions

Edward Noel Freeney, from Callan, Co. Kilkenny, last week put pen to paper and wrote a nice letter to the Editor of the Sunday Independent on a subject titled “The Gardai and Union Fairness“.  His detailed letter was published on page 29 of the Sunday Independent, dated 10th July 2016.  His letter may be of interest to our membership.

Read the letters by clicking on this link :http://www.independent.ie/opinion/letters/the-meaning-of-life-34870726.html



6 Responses to Letter to Sunday Independent – Gardai and Unions

  1. patrick joseph mc July 11, 2016 at 2:22 pm #

    There is further letter by Dr Anna Mc Hugh under The Nation Health is our Responsibility which is very applicable. The Staff Associations with their hands tied behind their backs over the years accomplished many things against all the odds. Unions do not have the same comradeship as the Gardai. Smaller sub groups of workers in the the trade unions get the same treatment as Gardai and may find themselves no better off. Going forward, if we are going to achieve anything — membership of the Gsrma/Alliance of Public Servants for every retired person is essential. Our well being is our responsibility. The present serving members will be the retired members of the future.

  2. timothy July 12, 2016 at 1:59 pm #

    As a former member I always saw the Garda Staff Ass as legislatively weak compared to other Unions and had no decisiveness to tackle issues on pay and conditions. The Memorandum of Understanding that protected members from discipline for actions in pursuit of claims was more of a threatening document of outlining action boundaries. A divide occurred too as careerists in the force seldom got involved in staff ass activities while those that did seldom got ingratiated with promotion and appointments and were seen as a threat. The recent treatment of the whistle-blowers evidences this. Blatant cronyism was always evident in my time causing much cynicism.

  3. Eugene July 13, 2016 at 11:12 pm #

    I have to say that is a wonderful letter, very well researched and well worded. That man put a great deal of thought into the subject and he has to be commended. I wish that the politicians and the Commissioner would take heed and see that fair play is good sport. Again, I have to say that the Senior Officers are not standing up for the rank and file. They are too busy trying to please the Minister in order to get further up the line.

  4. timothy July 14, 2016 at 6:13 pm #

    Eugene, its good to be supported by a person of similar thinking. The GSRMA does a good job in having the Siochain Magazine/Website to allow the expression of views genuinely held.

  5. patrick joseph mc July 15, 2016 at 5:16 pm #

    In the Spring 2014 Siochain I was lucky to have an article published which urged the Gsrma not to repeat the mistakes of a former life but to cherish all equally. I believe non membership of the Gsrma is a welfare problem to be addressed by the Corporate Body informing all in receipt of pensions of the benefits of membership. Look at the Credit Unions, the Medical Aid Society, the Garda Social Clubs which all originated on the ground by members of vision and forward thinking. Individual members nationwide showed the same leadership in the communities they served. Staff associations were tolerated but not encouraged at any level of senior management as a general rule. The website allows all to have their say and long may it continue in that democratic vein.

  6. John Brennan July 16, 2016 at 11:28 pm #

    I am aware of a number of retired members who did not sign up for GSRMA. Invariably they are people who retired in the last few years often earlier than they had intended to but left due to rumours of future cuts in pensions and gratuities.
    There is some work to be done, perhaps at local level, to encourage these people to enrol even at this later stage. All the experts will say that our senior years are enhanced by active social involvement. We have many members who are active organising coffe mornings, day trips and weekends away for members and spouses. These activities as well as the support received from the GSRMA office are well wortht the nominal membership fee.

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