PDFORRA suggests scope exits for easing of Haddington Rd Agreement restrictions in limited circumstances

By Industrial Relations Officer

PDFORRA, the association representing soldiers, sailors and aircrew of the Permanent Defence Force, says that the improved economic growth figures would justify an easing of the terms of the Haddington Rd Agreement in certain limited circumstances.

Speaking at the Annual Delegate Conference in Sligo today, Gerry Rooney, General Secretary, said: “The improved economic growth figures will feed into the public finances in a positive way if the growth continues.  As indicated by Brendan Howlin, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, recently this will see the end of the emergency and the gradual reversal of pay cuts beginning next.  However, it appears to PDFORRA that there may be enough scope for an easing of the restrictions under the Haddington Rd Agreement to allow certain limited issues to be dealt with”.

Mr Rooney also said: “The easing of restrictions on small claims would start the process of recovery but would not in any sense threaten it as it would be conducted in a very controlled basis.  There would appear to scope for such an approach in Defence where the Department is insisting on increasing its costs through the policy of forced exits for Privates and Corporals who meet the high fitness, health, course and overseas criteria”.

Enlisted Personnel of the PDF have taken from pay a pension related deduction of an average of 6% since 2009; a pay cut of an average 6% since 2010 and an earnings loss of nearly 2% since 2013.


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