Pay delay causing gardaí ‘great hardship’

Gardaí are angry that a payment due next month will not be made until the new year, and say many members will suffer financial hardship over Christmas because of the delay.

The Garda Representative Association is also concerned that problems created by the late payment will be compounded by budget changes being applied to money earned this year.

“Garda management definitively stated that gardaí will not receive unsocial hours’ pay due on Dec 20 — a move that will cause great hardship to many of our members over the Christmas period,” said GRA president John Parker.

“Payments for some night duty and weekend work will have been already deferred for up to six and a half weeks; now we are told our pay will be delayed for a further two weeks and will be paid in January 2013.”

Mr Parker warned that any increase to the Universal Social Charge, taxation rates or PRSI would mean the Government taking money that it was not entitled to. He said the GRA had raised the issue with management last December and repeatedly since, in order that it would be resolved.

“Gardaí and their families are being unfairly targeted to suffer real financial hardship. Many of our members have young children,” said Mr Parker, adding that the GRA leadership had sought legal opinion and would raise the issue at tomorrow’s meeting of the Croke Park Implementation Body.

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