Thursday, 11 July 2019

Questions (40, 69, 70, 71, 79, 81, 90)

Jack Chambers

Question:

40. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the timeline for the implementation of priority actions related to technical pay arrangements in the Defence Forces; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30830/19]

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Jack Chambers

Question:

69. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the actions taken on the previous review to the technical pay structure; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30555/19]

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Jack Chambers

Question:

70. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if his Department has examined whether some of the Permanent Defence Force in receipt of the security duty allowance do not receive the minimum wage; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30556/19]

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Jack Chambers

Question:

71. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if he has examined if certain ranks of the Permanent Defence Force are not in receipt of the minimum wage when their hours worked is compared to their pay and allowances; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30557/19]

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Jack Chambers

Question:

79. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his views on whether overseas missions will be compromised with 57.8% of members stating that they intend to leave the Permanent Defence Force in the next two years as outlined in the Public Service Pay Commission report on the Defence Forces; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30565/19]

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Jack Chambers

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81. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the way in which he will respond to the 84.5% of members of the Defence Forces that stated pay levels as a reason to leave in the Public Service Pay Commission report; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30567/19]

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Jack Chambers

Question:

90. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if he will implement a review undertaken by military management into technical grades 2 to 6 as recommended by the Public Service Pay Commission; the implementation timeline for same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30576/19]

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Written answers (Question to Defence)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 40, 69, 70, 71, 79, 81 and 90 together.

At its meeting held on the 4th July 2019, the Government accepted, in full, the report of the Public Service Pay Commission on recruitment and retention in the Permanent Defence Force. The report contains a broad range of recommendations to deal with recruitment and retention challenges in the Permanent Defence Force.

The recommendations includes a 10% increase in Military Service Allowance, the restoration of the rates of certain allowances cut in the Haddington Road Agreement, and the re-introduction of the retention/loyalty bonus for Air Corp pilots.

These are immediate benefits. Future recommendations from this report include a review of technical pay and a review of pay structures in the Permanent Defence Force.

The Government also agreed an extensive implementation plan for the report. The plan sets out the actions to be taken and the timelines within which they will be taken.

In addition, the plan sets out an oversight process and my Department is putting in place the civil and military structures to support that process.

The report of the Public Service Pay Commission is being considered by the Permanent Defence Force Representative Associations and there will be further meetings in the coming weeks to provide clarification of matters arising.