“CUTTING PAY WAS THE EASY OPTION AND WILL CAUSE HARDSHIP FOR MANY DEFENCE FORCE MEMBERS”, says PDFORRRA

By Deputy General Secretary

PDFORRA, the association representing soldiers, sailors and aircrew of the Defence Forces, has condemned the Government’s decision to cut the pay of members of the Defence Forces in the budget. The association has also declared its support for the efforts of the public service trade unions and associations to reach an agreement with Government, which will produce savings but not involve further pay cuts.

 PDFORRA General Secretary, Gerry Rooney said, “PDFORRA is opposed to the additional pay cuts announced in the budget. Ordinary members of the Defence Forces receive modest incomes for their work and have already paid substantially increased income, health and pension levies. Cutting pay was the easy option for the Minister, it was a cop out. The Minister had many other options on the table and avoided them – and now many hard working dedicated members of the Defence Forces will not be able to meet their commitments”

 Gerry Rooney said, “PDFORRA supports the efforts of public service trade unions and associations to reach a fairer deal which protects the already reduced earnings of public servants and addresses the Government’s necessity to make savings in spending. PDFORRA also supports the GRAs struggle for full trade union rights to ensure that its members can secure the best pay and conditions for its members in the current climate”.

 A typical member of the Defence Forces earning €41,000 has already lost over €3,600 through the pension, income and health levies. The additional cut announced in the budget means a further loss from pay of over €2,300 per annum at a minimum for the typical member of the Defence Forces.

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