Gardai to refuse requests to attend sporting events as stance hardens
Published 18/02/2013 | 09:50
MEMBERS of the Garda Representative Assoociaton are to stop carrying out ‘voluntary tasks’ from later this week.
The GRA has confirmed that it members will cease carrying out certain tasks – such as making themselves available for sporting events - from 22 February.
Local representatives have been contacted and members will be briefed on actions that fall within what the GRA's John Parker has described as "turning off the goodwill tap".
Mr Parker has said that this does not constitute industrial action.
However, he added that it would consider industrial action should the Government impose pay cuts on its members, which he said would constitute a breach of the Croke Park agreement.
The actions included in the Gardaí's withdrawal of voluntary services include refusing to use their own personal cars and mobile phones, and refusing to make themselves available for non-public duty.