Issues underlying proposed strike action by Gardaí must be dealt with – Adams
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD, speaking during Leaders’ Questions in the Dáil this afternoon, has said that hopefully the proposed strike by Gardaí can be averted, but that “the issues involved need to be dealt with”.
He also said that last night’s intervention by the Tánaiste, in which she warned that Gardaí participating in Friday’s strike will have their pay docked, and her threat to make Gardaí liable for any damages that occur, was unhelpful and unnecessary.
Teachta Adams said:
“In the coming days, the State faces an unprecedented crisis in policing that’s been known about for months, yet the government failed to actively seek an early resolution. Instead, they allowed the summer to pass with no real effort to engage in dialogue with the Garda representative bodies.
“The pay proposals put belatedly by the government have been rejected. The AGSI has described them as ‘inequitable’. The GRA’s Executive Committee has unanimously rejected the proposed deal and said that the government’s propositions are not acceptable to their members. So, both unions have given a resounding no to the government’s proposals.
“Last night’s intervention by the Tánaiste, in which she warned that Gardaí participating in Friday’s strike will have their pay docked, and her threat to make Gardaí liable for any damages that occur, was unhelpful and unnecessary.
“Surely, the Taoiseach knows that it is his government’s intransigent stance on pay for An Garda Síochána, for teachers and potentially for doctors and nurses that is fuelling Friday’s strike action and the industrial action planned by teachers.
“Hopefully, Friday’s strike by Gardaí can be averted, but the issues involved need to be dealt with; so too with the planned industrial action by teachers on Monday.
“What the vast majority of public servants want and deserve is the fair and timely unwinding of FEMPI cuts and pay restoration.
“The government must commit to entering into discussions to that end as soon as possible to achieve a new public sector pay agreement before September 2018.”