Gardai back €50m deal to end looming strike action
Rank and file gardai have voted to accept a €50m pay deal - ending the looming threat of strike action.
They are now set to enjoy a wage hike of more than €4,000 per guard after three-quarters of the 10,500 members of the Garda Representative Association (GRA) voted in favour of the offer.
There was a 69pc turnout for the vote to prevent the unprecedented action.
It is now up to the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform and the Department of Justice to decide who will cover the cost of the controversial wage package.
The Government is also likely to face another bill on top of the €290m already set aside for public sector pay rises next year.
It has committed to talks with unions on "anomalies" arising from the deal after they demanded equal treatment or the Government would face industrial action.
A spokesperson for Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe said he will work out how the pay package will be funded with Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald.
This comes as public sector union leaders of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions are due to meet today to discuss their pay strategy.
It was revealed yesterday that a majority of GRA members voted in favour of a Labour Court recommendation that halted industrial action last month.
The association's 31-member Central Executive Committee agreed to ballot its members on the court's proposals on the eve of the first strike, which was planned for November 4.
It suspended the strike to hold a ballot on the court proposals that will increase pay and give gardai access to state mediation bodies. It did not issue a recommendation to members on how they should vote.
The GRA said its Central Executive Committee will meet today to discuss the implications of the ballot result.
The Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors' 2,500 members will give their verdict on the court's proposals today. It recommended a 'yes' vote.