Friday 19 January 2018

Government is in a 'damned if you do, damned if you don't' trap over stand-off with gardaí on pay

Gerry McMahon

The current Garda pay dispute is shaping up into a scenario that may well produce no winner and lots of losers. It sees the Garda Representative Association (GRA) serving notice of a "unilateral withdrawal of services" on November 4, 11, 18 and 25 - and might well be described as the product of prudence, impatience, trickery, and 'too little, too late'.

Much media focus in this dispute has been on whether gardaí have the right to take industrial action. This is irrelevant and does little to help resolve the dispute.

For clarity on the matter, under the Garda Síochána Act 2005, officials of the Garda associations are liable to prosecution for inducing their members to withhold services, while Garda Regulations 2007 enable sanctions in respect of gardaí disobeying orders.

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