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Information Circular No 18/2016: Paternity Leave and Benefit Act 2016

By Industrial Relations Officer

PDFORRA has submitted a claim to the Department of Defence seeking the amendment of DFR A 11. This claim seeks to provide for the ability of eligible personnel to avail of Paternity Leave in accordance with the Paternity Leave Act 2016. The aforementioned Act states that: All employees must have their paternity leave certified by […]

Information Circular No 17/2016: Medical Card – Reduced Rate of USC

By Industrial Relations Officer

PDFORRA members should be aware that if they are in possession of a full Medical Card they are entitled to pay a reduced rate of USC. Universal Social Charge (USC) is a tax on income that replaced both the income levy and the health levy. Since the start of 2016, Universal Social Charge is payable […]

Information Circular No 16/2016: Increase in UK Course Allowance Rates

By Industrial Relations Officer

In line with the movement of the British Retail Price Increase (BRPI) by 2.4% and consequential upon the application of Conciliation Council Report No. 87, the UK Course Allowance rates are to be increased. The table hereunder sets out the new and old rates:   Location Old Rate Stg New Rate Stg Military Staff College, […]


Information Circular No 15/2016: Pay Position of 2013 Privates

By Industrial Relations Officer

The pay of Privates joining the Permanent Defence Force since 2013 is less than it would have been had Para 2.31 of the Haddington Rd Agreement (HRA) been applied to them.  PDFORRA has already commenced negotiations to address this situation and has achieved some small advances but nowhere near enough to match the benefits provided […]

Information Circular No 14/2016: Increment Freeze – Update

By Industrial Relations Officer

The National Executive Committee (NEC) has met to consider how PDFORRA should respond to the Government’s unilateral decision to impose an increment freeze on PDFORRA members in an effort to force PDFORRA to accept that the Haddington Rd Agreement section providing for an end to the two-tier pay structure does not apply to the members […]

PDFORRA SAYS, ‘IMPOSITION OF INCREMENT FREEZE ON ITS MEMBERS IS PROVOCATIVE AND INAPPROPRIATE’

By Industrial Relations Officer

PDFORRA, the association representing soldiers, sailors and aircrew of the Permanent Defence Force, says that the imposition of an increment freeze on its members is both provocative and inappropriate.  However, such a measure is in reality recognition by the Government that aspects of the Lansdowne Rd Agreement are open to negotiation rather than being a […]