With just two days left until a planned all-out Garda strike, the Garda Representative Association is due to attend the Labour Court today.
Both the AGSI – which represents middle-ranking Gardaí – and the GRA, have rejected pay proposals put forward by the Department of Justice aimed at averting the action.
Last night, the Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald and Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe said there had been a “useful exchange of views” with the Garda bodies, and that all remained committed to working towards a solution.
As tension builds ahead of the planned strike by 12,700 Gardai on Friday, the Tánaiste and Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald has warned members of the force who take part in industrial action that they will have their pay docked.
Both the Tanaiste and Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe have made it clear that any resolution to the dispute must be within the parameters of the Lansdowne Road deal on public sector pay.
Meanwhile, Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan has written to every member of the force directing them to turn up for work on Friday, and cancelling all leave.
Unless agreement is reached between all parties by tomorrow, Gardai will withdraw service for 24 hours from 7am on Friday, and for the remaining three Fridays in November.