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Friday 23 February 2018

Gardai call off three upcoming strike dates pending ballot

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Anne Marie Walsh

THREE strikes planned by gardai later this month have been deferred.

The Garda Representative Association’s Central Executive Committee decided to suspend the work stoppages at a meeting today.

It had already suspended what would have been the first strike in its history in a dispute over pay rises and industrial relations rights just hours before it was due to go ahead on Thursday night.

The association will ballot its 10,500 members on a Labour Court recommendation that could resolve the row from November 14 to 28.

The Labour Court proposals are worth an estimated €3,600 per garda.

They mean gardai would get a €500 increase in their rent allowance from January 1. In addition, the allowance would became part of their basic pay from that date, pushing up their overtime and premium pay.

They would get a €15 premium payment for each day of annual leave in recognition that they can sometimes be forced to give up holidays to attend court. They would also get paid for holding 15 minute briefings before their shifts from January 1.

New recruits would get their rent allowance restored after it was abolished during the financial crisis immediately,  once they accepted the recommendation.

Gardai would gain access to the Workplace Relations Commission and Labour Court to resolve industrial relations disputes under the proposal.

Three further strikes were planned this Friday, Friday November 18 and Friday November 25.

Meanwhile, the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors will meet tomorrow morning to discuss the Labour Court recommendation, which it described as a victory.

It had sought pay restoration of 16.5pc and the right to negotiate its members' pay directly with the government.

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