Sunday 11 December 2016

GRA calls for specialist units not to join garda strike in order to provide 'vital services'

Published 17/10/2016 | 15:13

If the planned GRA strikes go ahead it would mean that student and trainee gardaí, as well as officers of the Superintendent rank and above, would be needed to carry out frontline policing. Stock picture
If the planned GRA strikes go ahead it would mean that student and trainee gardaí, as well as officers of the Superintendent rank and above, would be needed to carry out frontline policing. Stock picture

The Garda Representative Association (GRA) has announced that it will be suggesting that units of An Garda Síochána do not to join their colleagues in any industrial action on November 4.

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According to the GRA, this will ensure a skeletal service to protect the security of the State, prevent and detect serious crime and preserve vital evidence.

The GRA are calling for members of the following units or specialist roles to report for normal duty:

•         Emergency Response Unit (ERU)

•         Regional Support Units (RSUs)

"The Central Executive Committee (CEC) of the Association is concerned to ensure that essential services are maintained and is mindful that protections are put in place to protect individuals from any impact arising and that the security of the State is preserved."

The General Secretary has written to the Garda Commissioner to respectfully request details of contingency plans put in place to minimise risk when members are taking industrial action.

Pat Ennis, General Secretary of the Garda Representative Association, said:

“In the meantime, the Association will be encouraging individual members to be receptive to skeletal cover in emergency and evidence gathering areas, and is mindful that on-going intelligence-led policing operations are not disrupted or adversely affected.

"The CEC is respectfully asking members attached to the Technical Bureau rostered to work on 4,11,18 and 25 November to remain available on an on-call basis to respond to major crime incidents.

“The on-going security of the State, protection of life and the gathering of evidence is paramount and must not be compromised, despite the sense of anger, betrayal and disillusionment that resulted in 95pc of the GRA membership democratically expressed their preference for industrial action.”

To facilitate the maintenance of essential services, the Association will be asking all trainee and probationer gardaí not to participate in any industrial action.

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