Garda strike is suspended

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An unprecedented Garda strike was suspended on Thursday night, just hours before it was due to take place.

The Garda Representative Association (GRA) and Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors had been locked in talks with the Labour Court until late on Thursday night.

Gardai were due to strike for 24 hours from 7am on Friday in relation to a pay dispute.

Both bodies will now ballot their members on the Labour Courts recommendations, which reportedly include an increase in rent allowance, and payment for ‘pre-tour briefings- a handover between shifts.’

AGSI President Antoinette Cunningham said “a fundamental and historic wrong” had been put right “as a direct result of the sustained four-year AGSI campaign to gain access to the Workplace Relations Commission and the Labour Court.”

She said: “This has always been a key part of our commitment to members and that commitment intensified in recent weeks. The AGSI have gained an uplift in the income of all our members, the details of which will be circulated to the National Executive and membership and will be subsequently balloted upon.

“Finally, we would like to express our thanks to the Chairman and members of the Labour Court for all their assistance in resolving this dispute.”

Before the strike was suspended, arrangements had been put in place to provide cover, with 78 stations due to open. In Donegal, LetterkennyGarda Station was due to open.