The Commission on the Defence Forces

The Commission on the Defence Forces was before the Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee this afternoon.
I raised the following points with Chair Aidan O’Driscoll –
🔹 The need for overtime to be paid to military personnel for rostered duties
🔹Paying at least the national minimum wage to serving personnel of the Defence Forces
🔹The need for outstanding previously agreed pay awards to be paid such as the Tech pay 2-6, the Army Ranger Wing allowance and Specialised Instructors Allowances
🔹 The independent pay review body and when it’s expected to be established
The Commission is really about capability development. The most important element of capability is people. A weapon is only as good as the man or woman holding it and a ship is only as good as it’s crew. Therefore, we must resolve the issues affecting serving members of the Defence Forces.