Following President Hollande's acceptance of the Pêcheur Report on the consequences of the ECHR judgements of 2 October, the French National Assembly's Defence Committee will be taking evidence on Wed 21 January from allied defence attachés, including a Captain RN from the United Kingdom, about freedom of association and the right to organise for military personnel. UPDATE: Video of attachés' hearing now available HERE. Video of Tuesday's hearing with Pêcheur Report author available HERE.
French soldiers' rights campaigners have welcomed President François Hollande's announcement that they will be allowed to form professional associations, following two rulings in October by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). France has stopped short of allowing full-blown union rights.
"It's a great victory for us," Jacques Bessy, the president of the Association for the Protection of the Rights of Service Personnel (Adefdromil) told French broadcaster RFI after President Hollande's announcement.
"We have a very good relationship with BAFF, which is the British Armed Forces Federation," Bessy said on Friday. "And I know they are fighting for the recognition of this right and we hope that the example of France will be followed in UK."
The Royal Navy's Second Sea Lord says the Senior Service has "never been in quite so much demand as it is in now", despite facing manpower shortages in some of its specialist branches. Video (2mins 43) by British Forces News, Dec 2014:
As an ex-Regular joining the Army Reserve you can now get up to £10,000 on top of the tax-free bounty and your Army Reserve salary.
BAFF members who are currently serving should already be aware, but this may be of interest to some who left the Regular Army within the past six years. Details below. For more info and how to apply, visit this MoD Army webpage: The Army Reserve.
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