Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Ceisteanna (91, 92, 93, 94, 96, 97)

Jack Chambers

Ceist:

91. 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. [34305/19]

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Jack Chambers

Ceist:

92. 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. [34306/19]

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Jack Chambers

Ceist:

93. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if he has examined if some of the Permanent Defence Forces in receipt of the security duty allowance do not receive the minimum wage; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34307/19]

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Jack Chambers

Ceist:

94. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if he has examined if certain ranks of the Permanent Defence Forces are not in receipt of the minimum wage when their hours worked are compared to their pay and allowances;; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34308/19]

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Jack Chambers

Ceist:

96. 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. [34310/19]

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Jack Chambers

Ceist:

97. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if a review undertaken by military management into technical grades 2 to 6 as recommended by the Public Service Pay Commission will be implemented; if so, the implementation timeline for same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34311/19]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Defence)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 91, to 94, inclusive, and Questions Nos. 96 and 97 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 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.   

The report of the Public Service Pay Commission is being considered by the Permanent Defence Force Representative Associations.

The Defence Sector arrangements in the Public Service Agreement 2010-2014 (the Croke Park Agreement) contained a commitment to review technical pay in the Defence Forces. A review of technical pay Grade 1 was conducted in 2014 and came into effect on 1 Jan 2015.

A review of the technical pay Grades 2 - 6 ,is being progressed and the timelines for implementation are contained in the Plan to implement the Report of the Public Service Pay Commission on recruitment and retention issues in the Permanent Defence Force.

Security Duty Allowance (SDA) is an additional duty based allowance paid on top of basic pay, military service allowance and any other allowances individual members of the Permanent Defence Force may be in receipt of. In this regard, SDA should not be viewed in isolation when calculating hourly rates of remuneration.