AGSI warns it may pull out of talks

Thursday 24 January 2013 18.03
The AGSI says some payments are recognition for the frontline elements of their work
The AGSI says some payments are recognition for the frontline elements of their work

The Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors has warned that it may pull out of talks on extending the Croke Park Agreement from tomorrow.

General Secretary John Redmond confirmed that the AGSI National Executive will hold a special meeting in the morning to decide whether to withdraw from the process.

Speaking after further talks with Government negotiators today, he said the management side were informed of this position today.

He said that today management had confirmed that they would be seeking savings on payments including those for working Saturdays, Sundays, public holidays and night duty.

He said those payments constituted a high proportion of Garda pay - and were recognition for the frontline elements of their work.

He said that on the face of it, AGSI representatives did not see anything they could reasonably bring back to their members.

He said they were facing a government threat that the government could and would legislate for pay cuts if required.

Yesterday Mr Redmond described sergeants and inspectors as beside themselves with anger, adding that they would be prepared to protest and demonstrate to defend their pay and conditions.