Garda Representative Association defers three remaining strike days

Members of the GRA will be balloted on Labour Court pay recommendations

Garda Representative Association defers three remaining strike days

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The Garda Representative Association (GRA) has deferred three remaining strike days that were planned for this month.

Members had previously indicated they would strike on November 11th, 18th and 25th. 

The decision to defer follows a meeting of the GRA's central executive committee today.

The move comes pending the outcome of a ballot of GRA members on recommendations made by the Labour Court last week.

Full details of the recommendations have also been released on the GRA website, which include a €500 increase in rent allowance, an annual leave premium, and the restoration of rent allowance for new recruits.

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In a statement, the GRA confirmed ballots will go out 'no later' than November 14th. It adds that the ballot will be completed by November 28th.

Both the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors (AGSI) and the GRA called off their first day of planned strike action last Thursday night - only hours before the strike was due to commence.

It followed intensive negotiations between the Government and unions facilitated by the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC).

The associations are also expected to gain full access to industrial relations mechanisms such as the WRC and Labour Court, which AGSI President Antoinette Cunningham says rights "a fundamental and historic wrong".