Garda strike action deferred with members set to consider new pay deal

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The Garda Representative Association and the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors have called-off today’s planned strike action.

This followed the Central Executive Committee of the Garda Representatives Committee receiving a recommendation from the Labour Court last night.

The GRA has said that the deal needs to be assessed in detail but is an improvement on previous offers.

No decision on whether to cancel further strike action planned for later in the month has been made.

Following the talks AGSI President Antoinette Cunningham said:

“A fundamental and historic wrong had been put right as a direct result of the Association’s sustained four-year campaign to gain access to the Workplace Relations Commission and the Labour Court.

“This has always been a key part of our commitment to members and that commitment intensified in recent weeks.

“The AGSI have gained an uplift in the income of all our members, the details of which will be circulated to the National Executive and membership and will be subsequently balloted upon.”

The GRA met at its headquarters in Phibsborough late last night to discuss the recommendation.

Under these latest GRA proposals, the rent allowance for gardaí of around €4,000 will be increased from 1 January 2017 – because of the “evolving” rental market by €500 per year.

The allowance, which was abolished for newer recruits some years ago, will be restored to them from the date that this recommendation is accepted.

It will be integrated into the pay of all Gardaí from 1 January 2017 – resulting in a boost to overtime and premium payments.

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald issued a statement following the AGSI decision welcoming the move. She said:

“This has been an intensive period of negotiation with AGSI and I would like to commend all who have been involved in these complex discussions for engaging in this process in
good faith and for their commitment to finding a resolution.

“The part played by the Workplace Relations Commission and the Labour Court in seeking to resolve this dispute has been invaluable and I want to express my thanks to them.

The Court declined to make any recommendation on pay restoration in light of the role of the Public Service Pay Commission and an ongoing review of industrial relations due to be completed by mid-December.

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