AGSI Vice President says Labour Court access was crucial in deferring strike

Gardai

Gardaí are on duty as usual today after calling off their planned strike.

Officers agreed to defer their action while they consider a new pay deal worth around 36-hundred Euro each.

The deal put forward by the Labour Court late last night also suggested new terms for annual leave and rent allowance to help with accommodation costs.

If Gardaí reject the new agreement however we could still see three strike days later this month.

Vice President of the Garda Representative Association Jim Mulligan, says their dispute wouldn't have escalated, if the Government had used the Labour Court sooner.

That's been echoed by AGSI Vice President Paul Wallace, who spoke on the Shaun Doherty Show earlier today.

He confirmed arrangements are being made for a ballot of their members, but declined to discuss the details of what's being offered............