Rank and record gardaí will not vote on “unacceptable” squad proposals that have been rejected by the representative association

Basisgardaí will not be asked to vote on proposed working hours that have been rejected by its representative association.

For several months, Garda management has been in talks with police authorities to introduce a new roster and working hours agreement for all officers.

A proposal was put forward by the moderator of the negotiations last week that would see non-response units – including detectives investigating serious crimes – work seven consecutive days.

The Garda Representative Association (GRA) said its members had expressed concerns about changes to employment terms, as well as new rosters
configurations.

Both would “seriously hamper a proactive work-life balance and predictability of work,” while also emphasizing lost earnings.

The current contingency plan, put in place at the start of the Covid pandemic, expires on October 30, having recently been extended.

Senior GRA members met Garda Commissioner Drew Harris last Friday.

After this meeting, the Central Executive Committee of the GRA formally rejected the proposal.

It was also ordered that the 2022 Westmanstown proposal would not be part of the vote of the 12,500 members, which the GRA says aligns with a decision made at their annual conference in May.

Interim general secretary Philip McAnenly said the proposed changes were “simply unacceptable to our membership and therefore they were rejected by a unanimous, unified vote”.

“These changes dilute the protections currently embodied in our rosters and working time agreements, and severely compromise both the security and predictability that this long-standing agreement provides.

“We believe these proposals will have an adverse impact on the well-being and work-life balance of many of our members, something we will not stand for.”

The GRA has agreed to restart talks to “find a solution to this impasse” and has contacted the Garda Commissioner’s Office to update it on its position on the new proposals.

https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/news/rank-and-file-gardai-wont-get-vote-on-unacceptable-roster-proposals-rejected-by-representative-association-41935383.html Rank and record gardaí will not vote on “unacceptable” squad proposals that have been rejected by the representative association

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