AGSI to withdraw from talks on new pay deal

The Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors (AGSI) has today decided to pull out of the latest round of public-sector pay talks.

The executive made the decision at a meeting in the Dublin this afternoon.

They say cuts to premium and Sunday pay and allowances were unacceptable to them.

John Redmond, general secretary of the AGSI, said that they will not be involved in Croke Park talks while pay and allowances are on the table.

"Our members are working in the middle of the night," he said. "On the Sundays, on Christmas Day, when most people in regular jobs are with their families and that's their wont, that's OK, that's great for them, but our people have to provide a policing service on a 24/7 basis.

"On that basis, they carry out those duties and they're rewarded through allowances to a great extent for carrying out those duties in the middle of the night and on those days.

"We won't see a situation where we're negotiating how deep the cuts are going to go in reducing that package for our members."

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