EU Committee Rule To Allow Gardaí Union Representation

The European Committee of Social Rights has ruled that Gardaí should be allowed to join unions, negotiate wages and strikes.

Welcoming the news, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Justice, Pádraig MacLochlainn, said: "Sinn Féin welcomes the decision that Gardaí are entitled to the same rights to join unions, negotiate wages and to go on strike if they are being treated unjustly.

"It is important that the women and men of An Garda Síochána are given the same rights as other workers in the public sector.

"This government has closed 140 Garda stations, cut the numbers of Gardaí by 10% which has meant the number of serving members has dropped below the dangerous threshold of 13,000 and they have yet to replace hundreds of old Garda vehicles.

"Throughout all of this, the government has insisted on insulting the intelligence of the frontline Gardaí and the wider public by using buzzwords such as modernisation, efficiency and smart policing to cover up the reality of these cuts.

"They have tried to shackle the Gardaí by not allowing them to have the same rights as other public service workers by denying them the right to union representation."


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