'The industrial action is still going ahead' - Garda sources
TALKS to avert four strikes by rank and file gardai from this day week are being referred to the state’s chief mediation bodies.
But garda sources said, as things stand, the industrial action is still going ahead from next Friday.
In a statement this afternoon, the Department of Justice said it and the Garda
Representative Association have agreed to use the services of the Workplace Relations Commission and the Labour Court “on an ad hoc basis”.
It said this was to “augment the current negotiations in an attempt to avert the planned industrial action by members”.
It is understood that talks at the Workplace Relations Commission could begin as early as this evening as the government races against time to halt the strikes.
Sources said the 10,500 rank and file members of the association will be balloted on any deal that is reached.
They were not balloted on the decision to go on strike on the four Fridays of next month.
The decision to withdraw labour was taken by delegates at a Special Delegate Conference in Tullamore.
If a deal is reached by the 'task force' that is heading negotiations with the Department of Justice, it will be put to its Central Executive Committee, followed by the association’s members.