Saturday 22 July 2017

Government accused of 'lack of transparency' over gardaí legislation

President of AGSI, Antoinette Cunningham Photo: Steve Humphreys
President of AGSI, Antoinette Cunningham Photo: Steve Humphreys Newsdesk Newsdesk

The association representing middle ranking gardaí says it is extremely disappointed that legislation to give officers access to the Workplace Relations Commission and the Labour Court will not be in place until the end of this year.

In a statement released today, the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors (AGSI) accused the Government of lacking in transparency in their approach to the matter.

AGSI said they are further disappointed that they have been excluded from a working group set up to discuss matters such as the right to strike, the John Horgan Report and how future industrial relations will work for gardaí.

President Antoinette Cunningham described the announcement as “another symptom of Government’s lack of transparency in approaches to matters that affect the entire organisation and leaving the key stakeholders outside of the process.”

"After pressing for a progress update we secured a meeting with the Tánaiste last week. During that meeting we learned that the Government’s commitment has been long-fingered and an internal Government and Garda Management working group has been established instead ‘to look into matters'.That group has already met on two occasions to discuss its terms of reference. At no stage were we asked to contribute to, or to sit on, this Working Group," she added.

AGSI are calling on the Government to immediately give them full membership of the working group.

“We are calling on the Minister for Justice to immediately give AGSI full membership of this working group so that issues can be agreed in a process of consultation and engagement," Ms Cunningham said.

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