PDFORRA Strongly Believes That Taxation And Not A Pension Levy Should Be Used To Raise Funds

By PDFORRA

PDFORRA accepts that additional income must be raised by the Government at this time but this should not be done by the exclusive imposition of a pension levy in the Public Service, including members of the Defence Forces. This pension levy is unfair and bitterly disappointing for soldiers, sailors and aircrew of the Defence Forces. Gerry Rooney, the PDFORRA General Secretary said “These personnel, many of whom have given long and dedicated service both at home and overseas, are now being unfairly used to address mistakes made in the management of the national economy in which they had no role”

PDFORRA, the representative association for soldiers, sailors and aircrew in the Defence Forces wishes to state that in the event of industrial action emerging from the imposition of the pension levy, it will be seeking an assurance from the Minister for Defence, Mr Willie O’Dea, TD that soldiers will not used to as strike breakers.

Gerry Rooney also said “It will be morally wrong for soldiers to be ordered to break strikes arising from the imposition of the pension levy. Soldiers support the opposition being expressed across the Public Service to this unfair pension levy and believe it should be settled through further discussions with ICTU’s Public Sector unions including PDFORRA”.

Members of the Defence Forces have been used in the past used during strikes, such as bus strikes, ambulance strikes etc.

PDFORRA is not currently part of ICTU and therefore was not directly involved in the recent talks.

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