Thursday, 28 November 2019

Ceisteanna (66)

Willie Penrose


66. Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if he will reintroduce a Gleeson style commission on the Defence Forces to examine terms and conditions to include a comprehensive review of contracts, duty allowances and technical payments for the members of the Defence Forces; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49594/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Defence)

Overarching Public Sector Pay Policy is a matter for the Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform.  

In 2016, the Government established the Public Service Pay Commission to provide objective advice to Government in relation to Public Service Pay Policy. Following the publication of the Public Service Pay Commission report in May 2017, the Government initiated negotiations on an extension to the Lansdowne Road Agreement, which culminated in the Public Service Stability Agreement 2018-2020. 

 The Public Service Stability Agreement 2018-2020 was accepted by the representative associations, RACO and PDFORRA and their members are receiving the benefits.

 Following the first report of the Pay Commission and in accordance with the provisions of the Public Service Stability Agreement 2018-2020, the Government tasked the Commission with prioritising a comprehensive examination of recruitment and retention difficulties in the Defence Forces.

The report of the independent Public Service Pay Commission was published and accepted by Government in July this year. The Report contains a broad range of recommendations aimed at improving recruitment and retention in the Permanent Defence Force.  In accepting the report of the Public Service Pay Commission, the Government also approved a plan Strengthening Our Defence Forces – Phase 1 to implement the recommendations in the report. The plan provides for a number of specific projects which are being progressed by civil and military personnel.

The Defence Forces have received the benefits of collective agreements in the past and it is intended that future remuneration of Defence Forces personnel will continue to be dealt with within this process. There are currently no plans to establish a pay commission, specific to Defence.