Updated: 21/10/16 : 07:28:48
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Work-to-rule by gardaí underway

Garda sergeants and inspectors are on a work-to-rule today, for the first time ever.

It is the start of an historic campaign of industrial action over pay and conditions which includes four strike days next month.

Thousands of middle-ranking officers will not use their PULSE computer system, their action commenced at 7am this morning.

Their representative association the AGSI will resume talks with Department of Justice officials today to try to hammer out a deal. They met for three hours yesterday with the same objective.

In what was seen as a confidence-building measure, AGSI leaders agreed to tweak their action today and allow a number of custody sergeants in stations to use the Garda Pulse system to process prisoners being brought in for questioning or being taken to court.

Sources described yesterday's meeting as “constructive” and said negotiations were “continuing” but declined to indicate whether any real progress was being made.

Meanwhile, talks between the Garda Representative Association and the department also continue today after discussions on Tuesday.

Sources agreed the talks over the coming days were critical in averting the unprecedented strike action on November 4, 11, 18, and 25 involving up to 12,500 members. Sources speculated that the talks could continue over the weekend.