Information Circular No 37/2019 – Review of Technical Grades 2 – 6

By Industrial Relations Officer

PDFORRA has this week written to the Oversight Body for the Public Sector Stability Agreement 2018 – 2020 outlining our members’ deep frustration of the apparent lack of progress on the review of technician pay groups 2 – 6.

This correspondence follows a meeting with the Taoiseach and a further meeting with the Minister with responsibility for Defence a number of weeks ago, where the Association was advised that the review was under consideration by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. Further, PDFORRA is aware that the Minister has held meetings with Minister for Finance Paschal Donoghue on this issue.

However, PDFORRA, in its correspondence to the Oversight Body, contested that the abject failure to implement the findings of the Joint Review Group, in accordance with the recommendations contained within the High Level Implementation Plan, is a breach of the spirit and intent of paragraph 3 of the Public Sector Stability Agreement 2018 – 2020.

Moreover, the failure to communicate any timeline for implementation of the recommendations of the Joint Review Group undermines the declared intent to have well developed communication channels or to resolve disagreements promptly. Additionally, the Association advised the Body that the current delay is eroding confidence in the Agreement amongst our membership and giving rise to widespread disillusionment with the processes involved.

Additionally, the Association highlighted the fact that the Defence Forces are losing highly skilled and experienced personnel to the private sector. Furthermore, it may well come to pass that due to the failure to implement the Joint Review Group recommendations on technician pay in a timely manner, the outsourcing of work to the private sector becomes not only necessary but normalised, due to the running down of current Technician numbers. This is, in PDFORRA’s estimation, an extremely damaging precedent to set for the Public Service generally and must be ceased with appropriate speed

Issued on: 13/12/2019

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