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Defence Force’s Pay Issues not adequately addressed by Commission Report – Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

4 July, 2019 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Defence Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD has today said that the Public Service Pay Commission report will not adequately address the key issues in relation to Defence Forces pay.
Speaking after the Public Service Pay Commission Report was published today, Teachta Ó Snodaigh said:
“The Public Service Pay Commission has stated that its terms of reference prohibit it from considering the issue of core pay for the Defence Forces.
“This is despite the fact that key issues in the Defence Forces in relation to pay and allowances have been raised for years.
“It seems obvious now that the Government has never been serious about addressing the key issues in relation to pay.
“The question must be asked as to why the terms of reference did not allow the Public Service Pay Commission to actually address this issue, particularly for Defence Forces who do not have a seat at the table for public pay talks.
“The Government’s implementation plan provides for a review of pay structures to commence in the medium term, with a long term plan to implement the recommendations of the review yet to be established.
“This is after a recommendation in the previous report over a year ago that pay be examined, which the Government have not implemented.
“Again, this shows the lack of urgency on the part of the Government in addressing this matter.
“Defence Force members are at the pin of the collar and still this Government is prevaricating. When will the issue of core pay be addressed?
“Just three short weeks ago, the Dáil agreed in a motion on this issue that a permanent and independent Defence Pay Body be established.
“I am calling on the Government to immediately implement the Dáil resolution on Defence Forces passed in the Dáil on June 13th.” 

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