Gardaí gain access to Workplace Relations Commission and Labour Court

Gardaí have gained access to the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) and the Labour Court to resolve industrial relations disputes.

Under the Industrial Relations (Amendment) Act 2019, which was enacted on Saturday, Garda members now have access through their representative associations.

In parallel, new internal dispute resolution mechanisms have been introduced in An Garda Síochána, including training and the appointment of specialist staff.

Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan said: “Management of industrial relations in An Garda Síochána now comes under the direct remit of the Garda Commissioner.

“This is in keeping with the vision of the Commissioner as the ‘true CEO’ of An Garda Síochána, as set out in the Report of the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland and contained within its Implementation Plan, ‘A Policing Service for the Future’.

“I am confident this new approach will be a positive change for all stakeholders.”

Business Minister Heather Humphreys added: “This is an important day for industrial relations. A clear and stable industrial relations environment in An Garda Síochána is in everyone’s interest.”

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