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Information Circular No 18/2017: Talks on Extension of the Lansdowne Rd Agreement (LRA)

By Industrial Relations Officer

The Minster of Public Expenditure and Reform, Mr Pascal Donohoe, TD, has invited PDFORRA to talks on an extension to the Lansdowne Rd Agreement in parallel to talks between the Public Service Committee of ICTU and representatives of public service management. The negotiations are scheduled to commence on Monday, 22 May 2017 and the Workplace […]

Information Circular No 17/2017: Access to Private Ultrasound Services

By Industrial Relations Officer

Following the downgrading of certain medical services within St Bricins Hospital last year, PDFORRA made representations to the Department of Defence regarding access to radiological services by our members. Following the exchange of extensive correspondence, the Department has confirmed that the Director of Medical Branch (DMB) sent a notification to all Medical Officers and Army […]

Information Circular No 16/2017: In-Patient and Out-Patient Hospital Charges – Members of the PDF and their Dependants

By Industrial Relations Officer

Members are reminded that no in-patient or out-patient hospital charges should be raised in respect of Permanent Defence Force members and their dependents who attend public hospitals as public patients. Ordinarily use of accident and emergency services without referral by a GP incurs a charge of €100.  The charge for overnight and day inpatient services […]

Information Circular No 15/2017: Payroll Shared Services – Electronic Payslips

By Industrial Relations Officer

The Department of Defence has recently moved to the provision of electronic payslips for members of the Defence Forces. Members are advised that this service requires each individual to supply their Ord Room Staff/Pay Clerks with a current civilian email address, in order to access your individual Payslips/P60’s etc. These email addresses are required in […]

Information Circular No 14/2017: Notification of Increase in Group Specified Illness Premium

By Industrial Relations Officer

The PDFORRA Group Specified Illness Plan was scheduled for a 3 year rate review on 01/02/2017. Following this review by insurers it was decided, based on the membership demographics and increased claims on the scheme, that an increase of €1.00 per week was necessary to maintain benefits at current rates. The foregoing increase will result […]

Information Circular No 13/2017: Operation Pontus – Payment of Arrears and Future Work

By Industrial Relations Officer

Following the successful conclusion of the negotiations on the appropriate payments for members deployed to the Mediterranean on Operation Pontus, the Department have confirmed that the arrears payments due as a result of the agreed payment of an additional €15 per day tax free will be paid on Wednesday, 3 May 2017. All other payments […]

Information Circular No 12/2017: Agenda for National Pay Talks

By Industrial Relations Officer

The National Executive Committee met on Wednesday, 19 April 2017 to consider its position on what its agenda should include for the forthcoming National Pay Talks to negotiate a successor to the Lansdowne Rd Agreement. The meeting considered the austerity measures exacted on the membership, the improving budgetary situation, the impact of the Permanent Defence […]

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 […]

Information Circular No 11/2017: Operation Pontus – Payment Agreed

By Industrial Relations Officer

Following a long period of struggle, payment at an acceptable level for Operation Pontus has been agreed.  The matter has been formally resolved through the signing of Conciliation Council Report No 502 wef 6th April 2017. The agreement now provides for an additional daily payment of €15 tax free for the period on sailing order […]

Information Circular No 9/2017: Potential Officers Course 2017

By Industrial Relations Officer

Negotiations have commenced on the system and criteria that will apply to the proposed 2017 Potential Officers Course. The system and criteria proposed by the Military Authorities are largely based on those used in the last Potential Officers Course and will be open to candidates from the Army, Air Corps and Naval Service.  All successful […]