AGSI members vote overwhelmingly to accept Labour Court proposals

The deal will give mid-ranking gardaí access to the Workplace Relations Commission and the Labour Court

AGSI members vote overwhelmingly to accept Labour Court proposals

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Mid-ranking gardai have voted overwhelmingly in favour of last month's Labour Court proposals.

The ballot saw 71% of AGSI’s 2,103 members vote, with 95% of those voting to accept the Labour Court's proposals.

The Garda Representative Association (GRA) announced yesterday that its members had voted in favour of a Labour Court pay deal worth an estimated €50 million.

In a statement, AGSI President Antoinette Cunningham said: “The ballot result is proof that giving Gardaí access to equitable industrial relations machinery works.

“We held a briefing seminar in Athlone two weeks ago where we went through the Labour Court proposals in great detail. What emerged from that meeting however, was that our members felt vindicated in their fight to have parity of access to the Workplace Relations Commission and the Labour Court, both avenues previous not available to them. 

“We look forward to moving forward and helping to shape the future of the industrial relations landscape for our members for decades to come," she added.

Frances Fitzgerald this morning welcomed the news that industrial action by gardaí has been averted, suggesting that "we can get on with a focus on front-line policing, which is what is needed".

Meanwhile, the GRA's Central Executive Committee will meet today to discuss the outcome of the associations' ballot.