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Frontline workers ramp up campaign against Croke Park 2

Gardaí, nurses and firefighters will see their pay cut by between 3 and 11 per cent under the pay deal, says the 24/7 Frontline Services Alliance.

Frontline workers at the rally in Tallaght last month
Frontline workers at the rally in Tallaght last month
Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

NURSES, GARDAÍ AND firefighters are set to step up their campaign to oppose Croke Park 2.

The organisation representing frontline workers says the deal currently on the table will result in pay cuts of between 3 and 11 per cent for many workers, and are calling for it to be rejected.

The 24/7 Frontline Service Alliance is organising nine  ’town hall’ meetings around the country over the next fortnight and is urging public sector employees to turn up. More than 3,000 workers attended a rally at the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght in February in an unexpectedly large show of strength against the Croke Park deal.

“The rally at the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght last month illustrated the mood of defiance,” a spokesperson for the 24/7 Alliance said this afternoon. “The regional meetings will give voice locally to that anger”.

The meetings are being organised by an alliance of the CPSU, IMO, INMO and Unite.

The Alliance says public sector workers will be hit with longer working hours, reduced overtime pay and the elimination of certain payments under the pay deal.

A review carried out by an independent consultant actuarial firm for the group gave specific details on how much frontline workers stood to lose, estimating the following cuts in salaries for public sector workers under Croke Park 2:

  • Staff nurse: 11.4 per cent cut
  • Psychiatric nurse: 11.1 per cent
  • Paramedic: 9.7 per cent
  • Care assistant: 9 per cent
  • Executive officer: 7.4 per cent
  • Higher executive officer: 7.4 per cent
  • Garda: 5.1 per cent
  • Garda sergeant: 3.6 per cent
  • Garda inspector: 3.5 per cent
  • Firefighter: 3 per cent
  • Senator: 0.9 per cent

“The rolling out of regional meetings across the country will provide opportunities for all those affected by Croke Park II to be briefed on issues impacting them and allow them to voice their anger,” said the spokesperson. “These meetings are open to everybody, particularly members of unions promoting a Yes vote”.

The next regional meeting will take place in Letterkenny on Tuesday night with other meetings taking place in towns and cities including Limerick, Galway, Sligo, Waterford and Portlaoise.

Read: Union tells government to ‘stay the hell away’ from voting process >

Read: ‘We have no more to give’: Over 3,000 attend Frontline services rally >

Read: Croke Park II will cut nurses wages by 11 per cent, not 1.7 per cent – INMO >

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