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Poor Pay Driving Highly-Skilled Members Out Of The Defence Forces

PDFORRA is calling for a review into the rates that technicians receive.

Low pay is the reason why 850 members left the Defence Forces last year.

That's according to representative body, PDFORRA, which has been trying to highlight the extent of this problem for years.

It comes after a court case that saw the state pay €300,000 in compensation to a specialist army paramedic, who was being paid almost €35 less than he was entitled to each week.

PDFORRA General Secretary, Mucklagh's Gerard Guinan, is urging the government to review the rates that highly-qualified technicians receive.

He says members with such a skill set are highly sought after elsewhere in the public and private sector:

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