Wednesday 23 October 2019

Troops call for overhaul of pay

Members of the Defence Forces, who undertake security duties that can last for more than 24 hours, are paid flat-rated allowances, a conference heard yesterday. Stock photo: Frank McGrath
Members of the Defence Forces, who undertake security duties that can last for more than 24 hours, are paid flat-rated allowances, a conference heard yesterday. Stock photo: Frank McGrath

Troops have called on the Government to urgently implement the recommendations of the pay commission to overhaul "archaic" rates of allowances and boost their take-home wage packet.

Members of the Defence Forces, who undertake security duties that can last for more than 24 hours, are paid flat-rated allowances, a conference heard yesterday.

Pdforra, the representative association for soldiers, sailors and air crew, wants the Government to use the opportunity presented within the commission's recommendations to address what they called the archaic system of allowances.

Association general secretary Ger Guinan told its annual conference in Tullow, Co Carlow, that his members were calling for "a fair day's pay for a fair day's work".

"While they are not happy with the recommendations of the commission, they see the potential to address the inequity and disparity of treatment that they currently endure," Mr Guinan added.

He said the current allowance rates and the regime that underpinned them took no cognisance of modern day work practices or legislation.

Irish Independent

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