What we fought & won —- Lost

Lower pay rates for new Garda recruits starting at just over €23,000 a year will “seriously impact on morale” the biggest staff association has said.  The warning from the GRA has come as 600 recruits are being taken on this year and follows the training of 550 new gardai over the previous year.

In a submission see by the Irish Examiner, the GRA said the the starting salary was effectively 10% lower that pre-2009.  The reduction includes the loss of €4,000 rent allowance as well as 29 other allowances. It said the changes effectively constituted “a demoralising exploration ” of the most vulnerable group in the organisation …….. the association must insist upon restoration and application of all allowances including rent allowance to all new entrance to An Garda Siochana.

Read full article in Irish Examiner Low Pay for Gda. Recruits will impact on Morale



2 Responses to What we fought & won —- Lost

  1. John Brennan January 14, 2016 at 1:47 pm #

    This article confirms what John O Brien states in his article concerning the new Policing Authority. Control of An Garda Siochana will stay firmly with the Department of Justice when it comes to what really is important i.e. finance.
    The Policing Authority can have imput in to the lesser important aspirational ‘fluffy’ matters but will not be able to establish a commission to determine a proper realistic pay scale for Gardai or recommend the ideal manpower levels for the various divisions and specialist units.
    Where is the leadership from Garda management you may well ask? Surely they can see the problems that are going to evolve down the line with disillusioned under paid Gardai?
    It is all very well politicians speaking weasel words at the funerals of murdered Gardai and promising ‘full support to the brave members of An Garda Siochana’ but that talk wont pay the mortgage.
    Psalm 146.3 says ‘Put not your trust in princes’. It’s as easy applicable to politicians.

  2. patrick joseph mc January 18, 2016 at 9:58 am #

    The sad fact is John Brennan has hit the nail on the head ,Finance governs everything, There is so many bodies now advising all ground workers eating into the overall finance while those on the ground see their net income and working conditions less by the day

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