Further Garda industrial action likely as talks see ‘no progress’

Another day of Garda industrial action looks set to take place on Friday as negotiations between the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors (AGSI) and the Department of Justice gained little ground.
Further Garda industrial action likely as talks see ‘no progress’

A third day of face-to-talks talks is due to take place today but AGSI president Antoinette Cunningham said “no progress” has been made so far.

“Despite our second day of escalated industrial action taking place this Friday, we have not made any progress which would warrant us calling off our planned industrial action,” she said.

“We entered two days of talks last week and gave certain commitments which we fulfilled, however it is disappointing that we are not in a position to report any meaningful progress.”

AGSI members will refuse to use the Garda IT system, Pulse, and to complete administration duties from 7am on Friday until 7am on Saturday .

The AGSI are seeking pay restoration of 16.5%, access to the Workplace Relations Commission & Labour Court and recognition and implementation of the EU Social Committee’s 2014 decision.

Meanwhile, more than 200,000 pupils will be off school tomorrow because of the pay dispute by the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI).

While union officials will meet the Department of Education again today to discuss their grievances, schools have been notifying parents not to send their children in on Thursday, the first of seven strike days planned by ASTI’s 18,000 members.

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