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Part-time R IRISH soldiers win fight for improved compensation

BBC Northern Ireland reports that in an agreed settlement with the Ministry of Defence, part-time members of the former Home Service battalions of the Royal Irish Regiment have won their fight for improved redundancy compensation.

More than 1,000 part-time soldiers who took a case against the Ministry of Defence over pension and redundancy rights have won £6.7m in compensation.

The soldiers were stood down when the Home Service battalions of the Royal Irish Regiment were disbanded.

While all full-time members received redundancy payments plus a pension, 1,100 part-timers got a special one-off payment of £14,000.

They said this was discrimination and took the MOD to an industrial tribunal.

The case never went through the court system and a settlement was reached between the soldiers and the Ministry of Defence.

It is understood the claimants will receive payments of between £1,500 and £50,000, depending on past earnings and length of service.

The Royal Irish Regiment was formed in July 1992 with the merging of the Ulster Defence Regiment and the Royal Irish Rangers.

AFCS, compensation, claims, Redundancy

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