Friday 24 November 2017

Threat of garda industrial action remains despite draft deal on pay

10,500 members of the Garda Representative Association
overwhelmingly said they are willing to take industrial action in a secret ballot. (Stock picture)
10,500 members of the Garda Representative Association overwhelmingly said they are willing to take industrial action in a secret ballot. (Stock picture)

Anne-Marie Walsh

A very real threat of industrial action by gardaí exists despite a deal being done last week to entice them to join most public servants and sign up to industrial peace.

Senior sources last night predicted that a draft agreement with the Department of Justice will be thrown out by delegates at a conference today, and may not even be balloted on. The lack of a road map for the restoration of pay cuts and the fact they will ultimately end up doing the same extra hours they did in the past are likely obstacles.

Yesterday, 10,500 members of the Garda Representative Association (GRA) overwhelmingly said they are willing to take industrial action in a secret ballot.

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