The Garda Representative Association and the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors have agreed with the Department of Justice to use the services of the Workplace Relations Commission to oversee talks aimed at averting next Friday's scheduled strike by gardaí.

This evening, the AGSI released a joint statement with the Department of Justice saying the two sides had agreed to utilise the services of the State industrial relations institutions on an ad-hoc basis, to augment the current negotiations in an attempt to avert the planned industrial action by AGSI members.

Earlier today, a similar joint statement was issued by the GRA and the Department.

It is believed that given the urgency of the situation, with the security of the State at stake, negotiations may take place over the Bank Holiday weekend at an undisclosed location.

Next Friday, 10,500 rank-and-file gardaí belonging to the GRA and 2,200 sergeants and inspectors represented by the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors will go on strike.

Earlier today, the AGSI said its members were resolute in their intent to go on strike next Friday.

It said so far it has been offered nothing that it can bring to its members to avert strike action and has blamed the Government for failing to address the issues which have led to the current situation.

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The AGSI has said the Government needs to recognise that gardaí are different because they do not have the same rights as other public servants.

Sergeants and inspectors today escalated their work-to-rule as part of a campaign seeking pay restoration and negotiating rights.

Over 2,000 middle-ranking gardaí have decided not to do administrative work - such as detailing gardaí for duty, processing files or responding to correspondence from management - or use the PULSE garda internal computer system for 24 hours.

They have also decided not to offer custody sergeants a derogation this week to enable them to process prisoners.

Garda headquarters said that although this will present some internal administrative challenges, processes have been put in place to minimise the impact on the community.

However, it would not comment on what plans, if any, it has yet to police the country next Friday.

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan said processes have been put in place to minimise disruption and has reiterated her call for a resolution of the outstanding issues.