Labour senator: Trust will 'erode' if Garda strike goes ahead

Last minute talks are taking place this weekend between the Justice Department and Garda representatives

Labour senator: Trust will 'erode' if Garda strike goes ahead

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Gardaí could be ordered to report for duty if Friday's strike goes ahead.

A report in today's Sunday Independent claims management are considering threatening officers with disciplinary action if they refuse to work.

Last minute talks are taking place this weekend between the Justice Department and Garda representatives. However, the strike still hasn't been called off.

Labour Senator Ivana Bacik has warned that it may do serious damage to an already fragile force.

"If this does go ahead, I think there is a real concern that it will erode public trust more, and it's already shaken," she said.

The Tánaiste insisted earlier this week that the Lansdowne Road pay deal cannot be abandoned in efforts to avoid the strike.

Frances Fitzgerald told the Dáil that government cannot let the “admiration and respect” it has for the work of the gardaí “blind us to the consequences” of settling the dispute outside the public service pay policy.

“The reality of any negotiation is that both sides do not get everything they want but we must continue in the coming days to work with great intensity – which we will – to map a way forward,” she said.

“There is no point in pretending that the planned action, if it goes ahead, will not constitute a very significant challenge to this country.”

She said the deal on the table from the government includes “very significant benefits” - including the restoration of rent allowance worth over €4,000 to new recruits.