LEVEL OF ADITIONAL PAYMENT FOR ‘OPERATION PONTUS’ HUMANITARIAN MISSION TO THE MEDITERRANEAN AGREED

By Industrial Relations Officer

PDFORRA, the association representing soldiers, sailors and aircrew of the Permanent Defence Force (PDF), has reached agreement on the payment to be received by its members who served in the Mediterranean on the humanitarian and rescue mission – ‘Operation Pontus’.

PDFORRA General Secretary, Gerry Rooney said: “It has been a long struggle to come to the point where an acceptable level of payment for this demanding mission has been agreed.  The additional payment of €15 per day tax free recognises the demanding nature of the mission and gives a total agreed payment of €70 per day tax free”.

Gerry Rooney continued: “The Agreement is specific to Operation Pontus and commits both PDFORRA and the Department of Defence to enter into negotiations on the appropriate level of payments that are to apply to humanitarian-type missions in the future”.

Operation Pontus was approved by Government in May 2015 and has seen six (6) separate three (3) month rotations to the mission area in the Mediterranean involving the LÉ Eithne; LÉ Niamh; LÉ Samuel Beckett; LÉ Rósin; and the LÉ James Joyce.  At its conclusion the mission rescued over 15,000 migrants.

 

Press Statement Issued on the 10/04/2017

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