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Defence Forces Reservists Claim Pay Discrimination

8th February 2019
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L É James Joyce with naval ratings Afloat adds while alongside the Oil Wharf at the Naval Service naval base on Haulbowline Island, Cork Harbour L É James Joyce with naval ratings Afloat adds while alongside the Oil Wharf at the Naval Service naval base on Haulbowline Island, Cork Harbour Photo: Irish Defence Forces - facebook

#navy - Reserve personnel in the Defence Forces writes the Irish Examiner are being discriminated against because they are not getting the same pay and conditions as regulars in the Army, Naval Service and Air Corps.

One extraordinary anomaly is that Naval Service reservists are required to have perfect 20/20 vision, whereas those serving in the frontline force do not. This and a number of other issues have been raised by Neil Richardson, general secretary of the Reserve Defence Forces Representative Association (RDFRA).

“An applicant for the Naval Service Reserve can be rejected on eyesight grounds, but that same person can then apply for and successfully join the Permanent Defence Forces Naval Service. The permanent force will accept candidates of varying eyesight standards, but the Naval Service Reserve is only permitted to recruit those with 20/20 vision,” Mr Richardson said.

To read more of his comments click here. 

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Jehan Ashmore

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Jehan Ashmore is a marine correspondent, researcher and photographer, specialising in Irish ports, shipping and the ferry sector serving the UK and directly to mainland Europe. Jehan also occasionally writes a column, 'Maritime' Dalkey for the (Dalkey Community Council Newsletter) in addition to contributing to UK marine periodicals. 

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