Government has sleepwalked into Garda strike crisis – Cullinane
Sinn Féin TD and spokesperson for Public Expenditure and Reform David Cullinane has slammed the government for its failure to take seriously the pay and conditions of gardaí.
Deputy Cullinane said:
“This government has once again slept-walked into a crisis.
“Its approach to the gardaí pay issue was to put its head into the sand and hope that the GRA and AGSI were bluffing.
“The government only allowed the two representative bodies into the workplace relations framework two days ago.
“This issue has been simmering for years.
“In 2014, the European Court recognised the right of gardaí to organise industrially.
“A private members bill was brought before the Oireachtas to give effect to that ruling and Sinn Féin fully supported it only to see it rejected by Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil.
“The Government needs to recognise certain key realities.
“Lansdowne Road is slowly falling apart, and something is needed to replace it.
“The issue of equal pay for equal work will lead to greater industrial action if left unresolved.
“A new public sector pay agreement has to provide a pathway to pay restoration.
“Without these elements, any new agreement will be as flawed as Lansdowne Road.
“The issues of pay justice, equality, restoration and recognition are key to a full and comprehensive approach, one that this government lacks the vision to implement.”