Approximately thirty members of the central executive of the Garda Representative Association (GRA) are protesting outside the Dáil today following the breakdown of talks between the association and government officials in recent days over garda salaries.
Protesting gardai gathered at the gates of Leinster House at 10am to greet TD’s as they made their way to Leinster House.
A GRA has said its members are protesting at the government’s failure to address the negotiations that were taking place up to a few days ago.
The new public pay deal, which is due to come into force tomorrow was rejected by 86% of GRA members in October last. Public sector workers who have not signed up will not be entitled to protections under the Financial Emergency Measures Acts (FEMPI) and will face a pay freeze.
The GRA represents 10,500 Gardaí in Ireland.
Speaking on national radio yesterday, the GRA’s president Ciaran O’Neill said industrial action was on the cards and refused to rule out an illegal strike by rank-and-file gardaí.
He said the pay freeze would particularly impact on the newest recruits, who would remain on their €23,171 salary until 2018.
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