Gerry Adams TD comments on deferral of Garda strike action
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has this morning welcomed the deferral of strike action by the Garda representative bodies and has strongly criticised the government for their handling of the underlying difficulties that led to the potential industrial action.
Teachta Adams said:
“I want to welcome the decision to suspend industrial action by the GRA and the AGSI. It’s now over to the Garda representative bodies to decide whether the deal on offer is good enough, but thankfully Gardaí will be on the streets today keeping citizens and communities safe.
“However, it should never have had to gotten to the point of the State being left without a policing service. We have all known of the prospect of such a crisis for months but the government failed to actively seek an early resolution.
“It should never have allowed the summer to pass without any real effort to engage in dialogue with the Garda Representative bodies. Whatever the outcome of this current process the government needs to learn from its mistakes in handling pay disputes.
“It should now move speedily to the production of the necessary legislation to provide the Gardaí with access to the Workplace Relations Commission and the Labour Court.
“It also needs to address the other challenges posed by legitimate pay claims by public servants, including teachers and nurses, the vast majority of whom want and deserve the fair and timely unwinding of FEMPI cuts and pay restoration.
“That means unequivocally committing to the principle of equal pay for equal work, and that means committing to entering into discussions to achieve a new public sector pay agreement more quickly than September 2018.”