Statement by General Secretary on proposed Public Sector Stability Agreement

GRA General Secretary Pat Ennis said,

“The Garda Representative Association is deeply disappointed that so-called ‘fast accrual’ pensions were identified to retain pay deductions – as they are paid to compensate workers who face particular dangers in their daily work.

“People who risk their lives and routinely encounter the most traumatic of human experience should be afforded a quality of life for such service to the State and our communities.

“Gardaí have transformed working patterns and provided efficiencies since the pay cuts of 2009 were imposed, yet this proposal asks us to give a blanket agreement to further open-ended productivity measures not yet invented – coming from the Commission on the Future of Policing that will not report for another 18 months.

“Our members face daily dangers on behalf of the people of Ireland, and they will now be effectively taxed around €575 each year for the privilege – at a time when all other public servants are having pay restored.

“This proposal will be discussed by our executive at the next scheduled meeting, but it cannot be a foregone conclusion that this will be acceptable to our membership.”