PDFORRA MEMBERS SURPRISED THAT SMALL PAYMENTS ARE REFUSED WHILE BONUS PAYMENTS ARE SANCTIONED FOR HIGHER PAID

By Deputy General Secretary

PDFORRA, the organisation which represents soldiers, sailors and aircrew of the Defence Forces, is surprised and disappointed that bonus payments are being made to highly paid public servants while its claim for small ‘decency’ payments is being refused. The current claim, which is being refused, relates to assistance provided to communities during the recent severe weather conditions and to soldiers on call in barracks after normal working hours for the same purpose.

Mr Simon Devereux, Association Deputy General Secretary, said: “Members of PDFORRA are bitterly disappointed that highly paid public service workers are now being treated differently to the lower paid. We make this point because senior public servants seem to be experiencing no difficulty in getting their bonuses, while soldiers are denied minimal allowances; previously agreed. Regardless of the state of the economy the highly paid appear to get more pay while the low paid get less”.

Mr Devereux also stated: “There has been no increase in numbers among the ordinary ranks of the Defence Forces – indeed the numbers have decreased in the past two years. Personnel are working for longer periods, because of the reduction in numbers – yet there is no recognition or compensation for this.

Members of the Defence Forces do not receive overtime or shift allowances when they work long or unsocial hours. On certain occasions allowances are paid but involve no premium payments and are labelled ‘decency’ payments by PDFORRA.

PDFORRA is pursuing the claim through the conciliation and arbitration scheme.

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For further information contact:

Simon Devereux, Deputy General Secretary, PDFORRA, 01-6712430, 087-2361978

Wally Young, Young Communications, 01-6345210, 087-2471520

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