Military applies to join Irish Congress of Trade Unions
An association representing soldiers, sailors and aircrew has applied to join the Irish Congress of Trade Unions.
The unprecedented move would allow the enlisted military personnel to represent themselves at the next round of national pay talks.
Pdforra has already lodged its application with the congress for associate membership and has made it clear it is not looking for the right to strike.
The military is the only group of public-sector workers without a seat at the pay negotiation table and lost out significantly at the last talks as others successfully secured side deals for their members.
Defence Minister Paul Kehoe has promised to actively explore the idea.
However, he would need the support of Cabinet colleagues before the move could receive backing from the Government.
If this is achieved, it could help pave the way for a breakthrough in pay negotiations.