Saturday 21 October 2017

Strike to go ahead as gardaí demand ‘substantial’ rise

Last-ditch talks to continue today as rank and file dig in

The GRA also emphasised the decision on industrial action on November 4, 11, 18 and 25
The GRA also emphasised the decision on industrial action on November 4, 11, 18 and 25 "remains in place" (Stock picture)

Anne Marie Walsh

A series of unprecedented strikes by rank and file gardaí is still set to go ahead unless there is a "substantial increase" in the government's offer of a €2,500 pay rise.

The Garda Representative Association has demanded a substantial pay rise before it considers suspending the industrial action.

We've made our presentation to the Labour Court and are now going to be awaiting the outcome of a recommendation from the Labour Court," said GRA president Ciaran O'Neill after talks wound down around midnight last night. He added that the GRA is "open for talks and always have been".

But he said the strike tomorrow is set to go ahead without a breakthrough on pay rises.

"Until and unless there's a substantial increase, and we mean a substantial increase in the offer, the actions determined by conference are still going ahead," he said.

The GRA also emphasised the decision on industrial action on November 4, 11, 18 and 25 "remains in place".

Irish Independent

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