Updated: 03/11/16 : 06:15:41
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Only 'significant pay hike' will avert Garda strike

The Garda Representative Association (GRA) has said it will ballot its members on on any non-binding recommendations of the Labour Court in relation to the garda pay dispute.

The GRA said the industrial action scheduled for 4, 11, 18 and 25 November is set to go ahead unless the association hears of "substantial and significant progress towards real and tangible increases in pay".

A 3 per cent pay hike has been rejected.

The GRA says it remains fully engaged in the negotiation process.

A hearing at the Labour Court with the GRA, which represents rank-and-file gardaí, aimed at averting Friday’s planned strike continued overnight.

The AGSI will attend the Labour Court this morning and are claiming as a victory the Taoiseach's announcement that their access to work mediation will in future not be on an ad hoc basis.

The 24-hour strike is due to go ahead tomorrow, Friday, but it was hoped that if the Labour Court issues a recommendation, the two associations might agree to defer it pending a ballot of members.

Garda authorities are continuing to prepare contingency plans.

Senior gardaí are understood to be asking individual officers to confirm whether or not they are working on Friday following yesterday's directive from Commissioner Nóirín O'Sulllivan that they must attend for work.

Failure to obey the directive could result in disciplinary action.

Meanwhile taxi driver associations have indicated that they will withdraw their services if the strike proceeds as they fear the lack of gardaí will leave them vulnerable to robbery.

The GRA has at 11.50am this morning requested that 18 separate units report for duty tomorrow.

These units are as follows;

    Emergency Response Unit [ERU]
    Regional Support Units [RSU]
    Garda Technical Bureau [Mapping, Fingerprints, Ballistics and Photographic Sections]
    Critical Incident/Major Emergency response capabilities
    Communications Rooms
    Protection & Escort Personnel/Units
    National Surveillance Unit
    Static Protection Posts
    Special Detective Unit
    Intelligence Sections
    Witness Security Programme Unit
    VIP protection
    Garda Drugs Organised Crime Bureau
    Special Dedicated Embassy Patrols
    Immigration Units
    Forensic Collision Investigators
    Attend to prosecutions in court
    Student and Probationer Gardaí

See Sligo Today 3/11/2016