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Poll: Should new gardaí, nurses, and teachers be better paid?

A key industrial relations figure has said that if the gardaí and others cannot attract new recruits then their pay-scales need to be revisited.

THERE HAS BEEN a lot of unrest among certain public service professions in recent times concerning pay and the potential for industrial action, following on from the ongoing Luas drivers’ pay dispute.

Some workers from those professions, such as gardaí and teachers, have claimed that they have walked away from their jobs because the starting income in their roles wasn’t sufficient to survive on.

Last year’s Lansdowne Road Agreement put in place a framework for reversing the pay and pension cuts placed on the public service in the aftermath of the economic crash.

Speaking on RTÉ’s Claire Byrne Live last night, head of the Workplace Relations Commission Kieran Mulvey said that if it proved impossible to recruit new gardaí, nurses, and teachers because of the low standard of pay then the Lansdowne Road Agreement, set to run until 2018, will have to be revisited. But what do you think?

We’re asking: Should new gardaí, nurses, and teachers be better paid?

Poll Results:

Yes (17582)
No (2581)
I don't know (689)

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