Rank-and-file gardaí asked if they support industrial action

Garda Representative Association ballots members as part of pay restoration campaign

Rank-and-file gardaí asked if they support industrial action

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Rank-and-file gardaí are to be balloted over possible industrial action as part of a pay restoration campaign.

The Garda Representative Association (GRA) has asked its members to take part in a secret ballot over whether they would engage in a day or several days of action.

The organisation is seeking to restore pay allowances lost due to austerity measures.

FEMPI legislation introduced last year means GRA members have also been subject to a pay freeze for failing to sign up to the Lansdowne Road Agreement.

New gardaí earning €23,171 usually receive a pay increment of €2,301 after one year, bringing their wages to €25,472.

The imposition of FEMPI, along with the loss of their €4,017 annual rent allowance, means they are now paid €6,000 less than they should be, according to the GRA.

In a letter to members, general secretary Pat Ennis said the GRA was committed to fighting "the injustice and hardships inflicted" on them.

"It is important that all members take this opportunity to express their views," he said.

President Ciaran O'Neill said: "The GRA is available for discussion with government and we are committed at this point to resolving our differences in this way.

"However, we are aware that we need to be prepared for the possibility that talks will end without a resolution and in surveying our members, we are preparing for a number of eventualities."

Members have been asked to return the ballot by September 26th and a result is expected the following day.