Gardaí to go ahead with action to stop 'goodwill' work

Wednesday 20 February 2013 19.37
Martin Callinan met GRA over impact of pay cuts
Martin Callinan met GRA over impact of pay cuts

The Garda Representative Association is to go ahead with its action to stop using their own phones, cars and laptops for work, in two days' time.

The association said it will also no longer volunteer to police major events.

Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan met with the GRA to discuss the impact of pay cuts and a perceived lack of resources on officers.

The GRA said its representatives were invited by the commissioner to give a first-hand account of the difficulties members are facing.

In a statement, Commissioner Callinan said he told the GRA he was conscious of the "fantastic work that was been done on a daily basis by the members of An Garda Síochána".

He said he hoped "nothing would be said or done to interfere with the public support we enjoy in fulfilling our statutory obligations to provide the best possible police service to the communities that we serve".

The GRA said it told the Garda Commissioner that it was annoyed at Government claims that it was involved in the pay talks when it was never involved in negotiations, only briefing sessions.

The General Secretary of the Garda Representative Association PJ Stone has said that members the gardaí are "at their wits end" and have been put to the pin of their collar.

PJ Stone said he hopes the Government understands that gardaí do not want to be involved in a dispute nor can gardaí be treated in an arbitrary way in respect of their pay and conditions.

Earlier, PJ Stone said they also told Commissioner Callinan that he should not be telling the public that he has enough money to police the State when his budget is limited and he does not have enough to pay all gardaí this year.

The GRA said next Friday's action is designed to show the Government that the gardaí are serious about the threat of cuts to their pay and conditions and that the GRA will react incrementally.

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