The 2014 Annual Delegate Conference took place in the Malton Hotel, Killarney on 14, 15 & 16 April.
AGSI 35th Annual Delegate Conference to Focus on Pay
Monday 25th, Tuesday 26th, Wednesday 27th March, Clarion Hotel, Sligo
“The True Feeling of Members will be on Display”
“The depth of feeling surrounding proposed pay cuts to our members will be palpable during our 35th Annual Delegate Conference next week,” says General Secretary of the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors John Redmond.
The three-day AGSI conference, taking place in the Clarion Hotel Sligo from Monday 25 to Wednesday 27 March, will debate a total of 27 motions with the majority focusing on pay.
“Our members are in limbo and there is a deep sense of worry and concern around pay and allowances, so much so that it will totally dominate conference this year. So we eagerly await our address from Minister Shatter on Monday and Commissioner Callinan on Tuesday. We sincerely hope they alleviate some of that anxiety.”
Up to 150 delegates will converge on Sligo from AGSI’s 31 Branches nationwide. Minister for Justice Alan Shatter will address delegates on Monday at 6.45pm while Commissioner Callinan will address conference on Tuesday at 4:00pm.
Mayor of Sligo, Cllr. David Cawley will open conference on Monday afternoon while Independent TD For Wicklow and East Carlow Stephen Donnelly TD will address members on Tuesday afternoon.
The election for President of AGSI will also take place during conference with National Executive members Antoinette Cunningham and Tim Galvin running for the position.
Some of the motions up for debate include:
That Conference directs the National Executive to reject the public service agreement 2010-2014 (Croke Park Agreement) revised action plan for An Garda Síochána. (Branch: CLARE)
That Conference directs the National Executive to highlight in the strongest possible terms to the Minister for Justice & Defence and to the Garda Commissioner, the detrimental and damaging effect that the current proposed cuts to Garda pay and allowances are causing to the welfare and morale of our members. (Branch: DMR NORTH CENTRAL)
That Conference directs the National Executive to ensure the protection of our allowances and acknowledge that these allowances and payments are necessary to compensate members for the difficult unsocial hours that are worked by our members. (Branch: WICKLOW)
That Conference directs the National Executive to ensure the consolidation of unsocial hours and premium payments and that these payments are subsumed into basic pay. (Branch: WICKLOW)
That Conference directs the National Executive to call on the Garda Commissioner to adhere to the Garda Code instructions relating to the role and responsibilities for members of Sergeant & Inspector rank, that new roles and responsibilities are not introduced for our members by Garda Management at local level until agreed at National level. (Branches: DONEGAL/WICKLOW)
That Conference directs the National Executive to look at the feasibility of members of local branch committees receiving some training in welfare issues in order that they can give assistance to members struggling due to current financial cutbacks and workloads. (Branch: DMR EAST)