In a press release issued before the christmas break, the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality, Ms Frances Fitzgerald T.D announced that approval had been given for the drafting of legislation to provide the Garda representative associations with access to the State industrial relations institutions – the Workplace Relations Commission and the Labour Court.
The Tánaiste stated “The recent industrial relations difficulties in An Garda Síochána make it imperative that we find new and better ways of doing our business. The Government is committed to giving the Garda associations statutory access to the Workplace Relations Commission and the Labour Court and my Department will work closely with the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation to progress this matter to a conclusion next year.”
It is anticipated that a working group with various representatives will be established shortly to examine all the issues arising.
A full copy of the press release is available here.