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Gardai plan to strike over their pay and conditions

Published 29/09/2016

Gardai will not report for duty on November 4, 11, 18 and 25, after rejecting a deal with the government
Gardai will not report for duty on November 4, 11, 18 and 25, after rejecting a deal with the government

Rank-and-file police officers in the Republic are planning an unprecedented four-day strike in November, after embarking on a campaign of industrial action in a row over pay and conditions.

They will not report for duty on November 4, 11, 18 and 25, after rejecting a deal with the government.

And in a surprise move, Garda sergeants and inspectors are also considering industrial action over pay concerns.

Gardai are banned from going on strike, as it is illegal for anyone to encourage them to withdraw their labour.

However, there is a grey area in relation to whether individuals can withdraw services.

The strike dates were announced after the Garda Representative Association (GRA), dramatically rejected a pay deal on rent allowances for new recruits and a restoration of increments.

The GRA said the industrial action would be "up to and including a unilateral withdrawal of services" unless it got "substantial and significant progress towards real and tangible increases in our pay".

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