Wednesday 26 October 2016

FAI staff want pay cuts reversed after €11m Euros boost

FAI boss John Delaney Picture: Collins
FAI boss John Delaney Picture: Collins

FAI workers want a cut of the association's Euro 2016 bonanza of €11m.

Staff are demanding the full restoration of a 10pc pay cut they took four years ago when ticket sales were down and the cost of borrowing for the revamp of the Aviva stadium was on the rise.

They received what they see as a "paltry" 3pc of the pay cut back this month and now want the other 7pc restored.

The workforce of 169, including chief executive John Delaney, took pay cuts in 2012 when their pension contributions were also halted.


Mr Delaney's salary fell from €400,000 to €360,000 while cuts among administrative and coaching staff saw their wages fall from between €30,000 and €40,000 to between €27,000 and €36,000, according to Siptu.

The union said some staff lost a third of their pay, having already taken a cut on salaries of around €55,000-a-year.

The FAI's fortunes have turned around, and it is set to receive €11m from UEFA after the Boys in Green made it to the last 16 teams at the Euros.

It also recently secured a €10m write-down on its Aviva debt from businessman Denis O'Brien, who has also confirmed his continued financial backing for Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane's salaries.

Siptu said management agreed that the cuts would last only 18 months.

However, an email from the FAI board this month, which was seen by the Herald, confirmed that it would contribute a maximum of 3pc of salary to the pension scheme.

It said this followed its request that the finance department assess what the business "could sustain" in relation to salary adjustments.

The board said it would continue to conduct business in a "sustainable" way to preserve employment, and would keep its finances under review and provide annual updates.

Siptu said staff also got a 3pc pay increase, retrospective to January 1 this year, which has been paid.

However, the union, which represents 60 of the staff, said it "doesn't go near" addressing workers' concerns and claimed that some had to restructure their mortgages.

"I'm sure Martin O'Neill won't accept a 3pc increase," said Siptu sector organiser Denis Hynes.

"When the FAI was in financial trouble, these staff weren't found wanting and worked extra hours and so on, but its finances have improved significantly and they've had the Euros and the summer camps have been extremely successful and are bringing in additional revenue.


"The paltry offer of a mere 3pc restoration of pay and pension contribution is unacceptable to our members.

"They expect management to show them the level of respect they deserve and engage in negotiations on a satisfactory pay and pension restoration plan at the Workplace Relations Commission."

Mr Hynes said morale was low as staff had not been taken to the Euros to cheer on the Irish squad, unlike workers at the FAI's Northern Ireland counterpart, the IFA.

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