Press Releases

LEVEL OF ADITIONAL PAYMENT FOR ‘OPERATION PONTUS’ HUMANITARIAN MISSION TO THE MEDITERRANEAN AGREED

By Industrial Relations Officer

PDFORRA, the association representing soldiers, sailors and aircrew of the Permanent Defence Force (PDF), has reached agreement on the payment to be received by its members who served in the Mediterranean on the humanitarian and rescue mission – ‘Operation Pontus’. PDFORRA General Secretary, Gerry Rooney said: “It has been a long struggle to come to […]

PDFORRA BATTLE FOR EQUAL PAY FOR ALL PRIVATE SOLDIERS AND WANT TO END TWO TIER PAY STRUCTURE

By Industrial Relations Officer

PDFORRA, the association representing soldiers, sailors and aircrew of the Permanent Defence Force (PDF), will attend at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) today for talks on a dispute with Government over measures to end the two tier pay structure for 2013 entrants of Private rank. (PDFORRA will arrive at Lansdowne House at 1030am, Friday 17th) […]

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 […]

PDFORRA CONDEMNS GOVERNMENTS BREACH OF LANSDOWNE RD AGREEMENT

By Industrial Relations Officer

PDFORRA, the association representing soldiers, sailors and aircrew of the Permanent Defence Force, has condemned the Government’s shock decision to implement an increment freeze in the Permanent Defence Force as an act of bad faith and contrary to the principles of the Lansdowne Road Agreement. The present approach and attitude of Government representatives to members […]

LOW ENTRY PAY WILL UNDERMINE DEFENCE FORCE RECRUITMENT PLANS FOR 2016 AND 2017 – says PDFORRA

By Industrial Relations Officer

Some Naval Service personnel serving in the Mediterranean on less than minimum wage…… PDFORRA, the Association representing soldiers, sailors and aircrew of the Permanent Defence Force claim that the low level of entry pay will totally undermine the ambitious recruitment plans, announced for 2016 and 2017 by Minister for Defence, Simon Coveney, TD . PDFORRA […]

PDFORRA WELCOMES THE LABOUR PARTY’S COMMITMENT TO FACILITATE ICTU MEMBERSHIP – AND CALLS ON THE OTHER POLITICAL PARTIES TO CLARIFY THEIR POSITIONS ON THIS ISSUE

By Industrial Relations Officer

PDFORRA, the association representing soldiers, sailors and aircrew of the Permanent Defence Force, welcomes the Labour Party’s commitment to facilitating ICTU membership for Defence Forces Representative Associations  – and has called on the other parties to clarify their positions on the issue just ahead of elections to the 32nd Dail. PDFORRA General Secretary, Gerry Rooney […]

White Paper Plans Will Require Increased and Consistent Investment in Defence

By Industrial Relations Officer

PDFORRA, the Association representing soldiers, sailors and aircrew of the Permanent Defence Force, say that the Minister for Defence’s White Paper plans will require significant and consistent investment if it is to achieve its objectives. PDFORRA General Secretary, Gerry Rooney said “With the second lowest Defence expenditure in the EU at 0.5% of GDP, investment […]

PDFORRA WELCOMES DEBATE ON RIGHTS OF MEMBERS OF DEFENCE FORCES TO JOIN ICTU

By Industrial Relations Officer

PDFORRA, the association representing soldiers, sailors and aircrew of the Permanent Defence Forces, welcomes the introduction by Deputy Michael McNamara, of a Bill designed inter alia to provide for greater ability for members of an Garda Siochana and Defence Forces to fully negotiate on items such as pay through membership of ICTU. PDFORRA General Secretary, […]

Mark Keane Re-Elected Vice-President of PDFORRA for a Second 3 Year Term

By Industrial Relations Officer

Mark Keane of the Naval Service was re-elected as Vice President of PDFORRA today, at the Annual Delegate Conference in Sligo.  He will now commence his second three-year term as Vice President. Mark has served 24 years in the Naval Service – and 15 years in PDFORRA, at local and national level. He lives in […]

PDFORRA suggests scope exits for easing of Haddington Rd Agreement restrictions in limited circumstances

By Industrial Relations Officer

PDFORRA, the association representing soldiers, sailors and aircrew of the Permanent Defence Force, says that the improved economic growth figures would justify an easing of the terms of the Haddington Rd Agreement in certain limited circumstances. Speaking at the Annual Delegate Conference in Sligo today, Gerry Rooney, General Secretary, said: “The improved economic growth figures […]