PDFORRA WELCOMES THE LABOUR PARTY’S COMMITMENT TO FACILITATE ICTU MEMBERSHIP – AND CALLS ON THE OTHER POLITICAL PARTIES TO CLARIFY THEIR POSITIONS ON THIS ISSUE

By Industrial Relations Officer

PDFORRA, the association representing soldiers, sailors and aircrew of the Permanent Defence Force, welcomes the Labour Party’s commitment to facilitating ICTU membership for Defence Forces Representative Associations  – and has called on the other parties to clarify their positions on the issue just ahead of elections to the 32nd Dail.

PDFORRA General Secretary, Gerry Rooney said “PDFORRA has long sought membership of Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) without success.  This position places PDFORRA and its members at a disadvantage during national pay negotiations.  Any measure which redresses the imbalance in pay bargaining terms is most welcome and will have real benefits in terms of pay and conditions for our membership”.

Gerry Rooney continued “While our members have no desire to strike, the Labour Party’s plan to allow PDFORRA to affiliate to ICTU will, for the first time, give Defence Force personnel the right to actively engage in central bargaining to set their pay and conditions nationally.  It is important that all parties outline their position on this matter ahead of elections to the 32nd Dail”.

PDFORRA are currently excluded from membership of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU).  In practice this means that they are exclude from national pay bargaining and must negotiate in what is termed parallel discussions.  This places them at a disadvantage during such negotiations.  PDFORRA, through its European affiliate EUROMIL, is challenging the exclusion from ICTU membership under the Council of Europe’s Revised Social Charter.

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