Gardai & Employment Disputes

Since the 1st of February 2020 there is an external dispute resolutions mechanism available to members of An Garda Siochana who wish to refer an employment dispute for resolution.

Any number of disputes can arise in a employment relationship from harassment to bullying to discrimination and so on.

Now members of An Garda Siochana who wish to have an external party assist with the resolution of the dispute, can seek to have the matter referred to the Workplace Relations Commission who are tasked with resolving and adjudicating upon workplace disputes.

There is a post on our website with more information about the Workplace Relations Commission.

There is also a post on our website about how to fill out the Workplace Relations Complaint Form.

If you have a query in relation to a workplace issue we can provide a resolutions opinion to you after a consultation. If you wish to contact us our telephone numbers are on or website.

What is a ‘’Trade Dispute’’

A trade dispute is defined under the Industrial Relations Act as follows:

Any dispute or difference between employers and workers or between workers and workers connected with the employment or non-employment, or the terms of the employment, or with the conditions of employment, of any person and includes any such dispute or difference between employers and workers where the employment has ceased.

S. 3 of the Industrial Relations Act 2019

Members of An Garda Siochana can now refer workplace disputes to the Workplace Relations Commission and the Industrial Relations Acts 1946-2019 now apply to members of An Garda Siochana. Therefore Gards now have access to the Workplace Relations Commission and the Labour Court to resolve an industrial relations dispute.


Please be advised that the above-mentioned material is intended as an overview and as a broad out-line of the topic discussed. It should not be considered as complete and comprehensive legal advice, nor act as an appropriate substitute. Legal advice should be sought from a solicitor prior to relying on anything in this article.

Due care has been taken in the publication of this article and we do not accept legal liability as a result of reliance on any material covered in the above article.

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