Soldiers vow to fight attack on allowances
SOLDIERS have warned the Government they will adopt a strong line over any attempt to shoot down their allowances, writes Tom Brady.
The troops are angry because they say the allowances, which were granted in the 1970s, are now part of core pay and were given to them to thwart their case for overtime.
They argue their pay packets have already been reduced by 20pc as a result of the cuts in the past couple of years.
And they have declared that the latest move by the Government is "totally unacceptable".
The average soldier is estimated to be losing €140 from his weekly pay packet as a result of the existing cuts.
The troops outlined their outrage in Kilkenny yesterday evening at the annual conference of Pdforra, the representative association for soldiers, sailors and aircrew.
"It is quite remarkable and totally unacceptable that these allowances could now be abolished," association general secretary Gerry Rooney told delegates.