Ireland - Garda work-to-rule action as members reject pay deal - October 31, 2016

The Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors (AGSI) escalated their work-to-rule as part of their campaign seeking pay restoration and negotiating rights. Trade union Garda Representative Association (GRA) has decided to join AGSI after GRA members rejected the accord by a margin of about 87% to 11%. An all-out strike by rank and file Gardaí as well as Garda sergeants and Inspectors is looking increasingly likely. Members of the AGSI began limited industrial action over a 16.5 per cent pay claim and access to the State’s industrial relations machinery such as the Labour Court and Workplace Relations Commission. The AGSI reached a deal with the government some months ago which brought its 2,000 members into the Lansdowne Road public sector pay agreement. However, the AGSI has revised its position after establishing that an ongoing review of Garda pay and industrial relations will not deliver the immediate increases it is seeking.

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