GRA: Strike will go ahead unless there is "significant progress" towards pay increases

The association has agreed to ballot members on any recommendations of the Labour Court

GRA: Strike will go ahead unless there is "significant progress" towards pay increases

GRA president Ciaran O'Neill leaving the Labour Court. Image:

The Garda Representatives Association (GRA) says its strike action will go ahead unless they hear of "substantial and significant progress towards real and tangible increases in pay".

The association - which represents around 10,500 rank-and-file gardaí - has been involved in talks with the Justice Department at the Labour Court today in a late bid to avert the industrial action planned for this coming Friday.

Further action is planned for the 11th, 18th & 25th of November.

Today's hearing was adjourned for several hours to facilitate a meeting of the GRA's executive committee. 

In a statement after the meeting, the GRA president Ciaran O'Neill said: "In order to progress the negotiations the GRA Central Executive Committee has agreed to ballot the membership of the GRA on any non binding recommendations of the Labour Court.

"The Labour Court requires that the distribution of such ballot to the membership be agreed as a prerequisite before it can hear our case. The Association remains fully engaged in the negotiation process."

The talks at the Labour Court have now resumed.

Representatives of the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors (AGSI) will separately attend the Labour Court tomorrow.