Gardaí did not sign up to the May agreement
Last May the government negotiated the Lansdowne Road Agreement in an attempt to begin reversing pay and pension cuts imposed on public service staff since 2008.
Among the benefits of the agreement were phased increases in earnings and partial reversal of pay-cuts. A pension restoration initiative for retired staff was also introduced.
Members of the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) and Garda Representative Association (GRA) rejected the agreement and missed out an recent pay increases that members of other unions received.
One of the original complaints cited by the both associations was the requirement to work additional hours, 33 per year for teachers and 30 per year for gardaí.
.@FitzgeraldFrncs also appeals to GRA to talk directly to her department, and urges for strike action not to happen— Páraic Gallagher (@paraicgallagher) September 29, 2016
Gardaí are also seeking a review of working conditions as agreed under the previous Haddington Road agreement.
It is unlikely the government will back down significantly to any claims from either union as it would put an agreement which covers the vast majority of public service staff in jeopardy.
Pascal Donoghue, Minister for Public Expenditure, is unwilling to make a special deal for Gardaí and would prefer if they signed up to the agreement. The Independent Alliance are supporting this hard line stance, according to The Irish Times.
The GRA has said its members would not report for duty on four Fridays in November unless there was "substantial and significant progress towards real and tangible increases in our pay."
The Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors is due to hold a special delegate conference on 17th October to consider its options.