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Information Circular No 26/2018: Summary of Ongoing Activities

By Industrial Relations Officer

As of the 30th of August 2018, the following is a summary of activities currently being undertaken by the Association on behalf of our members: Claim under Articles 1 & 26 of the European Social Charter – Finalisation date dependant on Committee. Review of C&A Scheme following complaint under Articles 5&6 of the European Social […]

Information Circular No 25/2018: Rights and Obligations – Safety Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005

By Industrial Relations Officer

PDFORRA wishes to remind its members of the obligations on employers under Section 8 of the Safety Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005. Additionally, the Association reminds personnel of their obligations under Section 13 of the same Act, and the protections afforded under Section 27. Section 8(1) of the Health Safety and Welfare at […]

Information Circular No 24/2018: Clarification – Continuation of Periods of Acting Rank (Paid)/Substitution Allowance

By Industrial Relations Officer

PDFORRA wishes to advise its members that following clarification from the Military Authorities that the following is the position for extensions in Acting Rank (Paid)/Substitution Allowance: “…. it has been agreed that, where sanction has already been given for acting or substitution and the period needs to be extended, it is a Unit responsibility to […]

Information Circular No 23/2018: Members Recruited into the Defence Forces – Post 1994 Reminder – Claim for Continuance in Service for Cooks

By Industrial Relations Officer

Previous Information Circular 11/2018 refers: PDFORRA wishes to advise its members that following lengthy discussions with the Department of Defence, post 1994 members who are serving in appointments as Cooks – as outlined in DFR CS4 – will now be allowed to continue in service in the Permanent Defence Forces to age 50 once the […]

Information Circular No 22/2018: Adjudication Findings – Claim for Loss of Earnings – EOD Personnel Gormanston

By Industrial Relations Officer

PDFORRA have been contacted by Conciliation and Arbitration Branch, Department of Defence who have advised that it is in the process of finalising the payment for compensation for loss of earnings to our members who undertook EOD duties within Gormanston. In this regard, the Department has advised that it will require by location, the names […]

Information Circular No 21/2018: Public Service Pay Commission Survey

By Industrial Relations Officer

PDFORRA has been contacted by a research body, Research Matters Ltd, who have been tasked by The Public Service Pay Commission to carry out a study on recruitment and retention among a number of specialist streams of the Defence Forces. This anonymous and confidential survey is your opportunity to provide feedback to the Public Service […]

Information Circular No 20/2018: In-Patient and Out-Patient Hospital Charges – Members of the PDF and their Dependents

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. The Charge Applies to the Following Public Facilities: Emergency departments Accident and emergency departments Casualty departments Minor injury units Urgent care centres Local injury units […]

Information Circular No 18/2018: Result of Adjudication: Loss of Earnings (EOD- Gormanston)

By Industrial Relations Officer

An Adjudication hearing regarding compensation for Loss of Earnings for EOD personnel following the cessation of duties at that location took place on the 7th of June 2018. Following the presentation of arguments by both the Department of Defence and PDFORRA, a finding was issued by the Adjudicator on the 11th of June 2018. In […]

Information Circular No 17/2018: Launch of the PDFORRA Medical Assistance Scheme (PMAS)

By Industrial Relations Officer

Deductions for the PDFORRA Medical Assistance Scheme (PMAS) will commence with effect from 11th July 2018. The Scheme has been hugely successful with more than 850 members signing up in advance and this launch would not be possible without the support of you the members. Those who have already contacted the Administrator seeking advice on […]

Information Circular No 16/2018: Lifetime Community Rating (LCR) – Members of the Permanent Defence Force

By Industrial Relations Officer

Since the 1st May 2015, if you are over the age of 34 when you first take out health insurance, you will have to pay extra for your cover under the Lifetime Community Rating (LCR) loadings. It works out at an extra 2% of your premium for each year aged above 34, up to a […]