Soldiers fight pay cutbacks
HUNDREDS of soldiers are being forced to seek family income supplement (FIS) payments to survive because of cutbacks in their pay packets.
The soldiers now want Defence Minister Tony Killeen to make a stand on their behalf.
Mr Killeen is due to address them today in Trim, Meath, at the annual conference of Pdforra, the association representing 8,000 soldiers, sailors and aircrew.
"Members of the Defence Forces have seen their pay cut by about 6pc this year," Pdforra deputy general secretary Simon Devereux said last night.
"In real terms, this represents a cut of about €2,000 annually and was on top of a reduction of about €3,000 the previous year.
"For workers on modest earnings, a €5,000 drop . . . is a massive reduction and it is little wonder that many hundreds of our members now need FIS payments to make ends meet."