Ireland - Garda pay increases will not breach Lansdowne Road agreement - November 30, 2016

The government hopes that the Labour Court recommendation on Garda pay increases will form the basis for a final resolution of this dispute following the balloting of members of Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors (AGSI) and the Garda Representative Association (GRA). The outcome of this ballot among the Garda staff is still uncertain. The government considers that the recommendation will not breach the Lansdowne Road Agreement (on public service pay) and will be funded within existing budgetary allocations. However, the deal has triggered demands for an accelerated renegotiation of the Lansdowne Road Agreement - as unions say their members will be seeking similar increases. The government is facing follow-on pay claims from several trade unions representing nurses and public service employees in the wake of pay proposals made to gardaí to avert a threatened strike. Siptu, INMO, CPSU, Impact and Unite are all seeking an immediate discussion with the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (Ictu) in relation to its support for the agreement. According to the craft trade union TEEU, the Lansdowne Road public service pay deal needs correction as a result of recent industrial relations developments.

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