PDFORRA REPRESENTS OVER 6000 MEMBERS OF THE DEFENCE FORCES
During the recruit training programme of enlisted members of the Defence Forces, PDFORRA is allocated time by the Military Authorities to provide information to prospective members on various issues concerning their service in the DF including: terms and conditions of service, post January 2013 pension entitlements and the range of schemes and benefits that accrue to members of the Association.
In reviewing the percentage numbers within the Association over the past number of years it is apparent that PDFORRA retains a core membership of in excess of 84%. This number, when compared to other Associations and Unions, is in the upper range. It is expected to grow the numbers within the association this year with the influx of new recruits.
Further, PDFORRA expect that more resigned members will return to the association this year when their personal financial circumstances improve. Additionally, PDFORRA continues to search for new ways to give added value to members through our schemes. These schemes have proved very successful. The corollary of growing membership is the ease by which PDFORRA can secure even greater deals for our membership.
Moreover, over the last year PDFORRA has submitted claims for named members. This practice has proven the value of membership and added considerably to our membership numbers.
At the end of June 2016 the membership of PDFORRA stood at 6500.
PDFORRA continues to enjoy the support and confidence of the majority of enlisted personnel. Despite the effects of pay cuts, barrack closures, re-structuring and the reorganisation of the Defence Forces and the financial pressures on members and their families membership has remained strong. Members can be assured that PDFORRA will continue to defend, negotiate and fight for the rights of enlisted personnel.