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.
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