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AGSI says 'contradictory' report on Garda pay and conditions has led to 'confusion'

Mid-ranking Gardaí are describing a report on their pay and conditions as a "missed opportunity".

AGSI says 'contradictory' report on Garda pay and conditions has led to 'confusion'

Mid-ranking Gardaí are describing a report on their pay and conditions as a "missed opportunity".

The Horgan report on Garda pay and conditions says the AGSI and GRA should become full trade unions and industrial relations should be "normalised" for Gardaí.

However the report is calling for Gardaí who go on strike or take part in industrial action to face pension sanctions.

It says anyone who breaches that deal should be denied pension accrual for five years.

The GRA President, Ciaran O'Neill, says their members are still awaiting trade union status including the freedom to strike.

The AGSI President, Antoinette Cunningham, says the report has left members confused.

She said: "If every other public sector has an entitlement to strike, then why would you ask one group to give it up?

"Why would you punish one group for engaging in such action if you are not going to punish workers right across the public sector if they engage in it?

"Hence when I say that we are disappointed with the levels of confusion, and the contradictory statements in the report, I am not sure it is going to serve the association that well with regards to clarity."

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