Tuesday 20 February 2018

'A historic wrong has been put right' - AGSI cancel strike action

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Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

Garda Sergeants and Inspectors will show up for work after an eleventh hour deal that will see members balloted on proposals from the Labour Court.

AGSI President Antoinette Cunningham said: "A fundamental and historic wrong has been put right tonight as a direct result of the sustained four-year AGSI campaign to gain access to the Workplace Relations Commission and the Labour Court.

"This has always been a key part of our commitment to members and that commitment intensified in recent weeks.”

Ms Cunningham said AGSI had “gaained an uplift in the income of all our members”.

"Finally we would like to express our thanks to the Chairman and members of the Labour Court for all their assistance in resolving this dispute,” she said.

Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald welcomed the decision by AGSI to cancel their industrial action, saying she wanted “to commend” all who had been involved in “complex discussions”

“The part played by the Workplace Relations Commission and the Labour Court in seeking to resolve this dispute has been invaluable and I want to express my thanks to them.”

Ms Fitzgerald reaffirmed the Government’s commitment to introducing legislative change to give the Garda associations the right of access to the Workplace Relations Commission and the Labour Court.

At approximately 11:30pm, the Garda Representative Association decided to 'defer' strike action on Thursday, meaning that no Garda industrial action will take place on November 4.

More to follow.

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