Monday 24 July 2017

Turning to the Labour Court requires give as well as take

Delegates attending the Garda Representative Association meeting, held at the Tullamore Court Hotel, Co Offaly, last week Photo: James Flynn/APX
Delegates attending the Garda Representative Association meeting, held at the Tullamore Court Hotel, Co Offaly, last week Photo: James Flynn/APX

Anne-Marie Walsh

The garda pay row will end up on the Labour Court's doorstep today. And even though the first strike by gardaí in the history of the state is due to take place in two days, it is still not too late to avert it.

Senior sources have revealed that the court of last resort could ask the GRA to suspend its potentially devastating action. Otherwise, it could be argued, there is no point in it issuing a recommendation to resolve the dispute.

For years, the garda bodies have been campaigning to gain access to the Labour Court and the Workplace Relations Commission. And today they will discover that engaging with these institutions involves a lot of give, as well as take.

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