Information Circulars

Information Circular No 15/2018: UPDATE – Application of the Working Time Directive to Members of the Defence Forces

By Industrial Relations Officer

PDFORRA wishes to advise its members that one of a number of cases which was being taken against the Minister for Defence for breach of the Working Time Directive has been settled. This Association had originally submitted this case in 2015, seeking the return of the leave lost by Ms O Donnell, and an amendment […]

Information Circular No 14/2018: Increase in the Upper Age Limit for Corporal’s – Overseas Service

By Industrial Relations Officer

PDFORRA wishes to advise its members that following discussions with Military Management it has been agreed to increase the Overseas Age limits for Corporals to a maximum of 55 years. The Amendment as delivered hereunder provides; “The amendment to Annex D Para 108, provides a revised upper age limit for Corporals, or equivalent rank serving […]

Information Circular No 13/2018: Holiday Pay – 53 INF GROUP

By Industrial Relations Officer

The 53 Inf Gp UNIFIL returned to Ireland from service in Lebanon in November 2016. PDFORRA understands that Per Diem and Holiday Pay application for personnel from this unit was submitted to Payroll Admin at that time. However, due to administrative issues involving the change of office location and the changeover of payment systems to […]

Information Circular No 12/2018: Increase in the Upper Age Limit for Sergeant’s – Serving Overseas

By Industrial Relations Officer

PDFORRA wishes to advise its members that following discussions with Military Management it has been agreed to increase the Overseas Age limits for Sergeants to 55 years. The Amendment as delivered hereunder provides; “This Amendment provides a revised upper age limit for Sgt’s, or equivalent rank serving overseas, in exceptional circumstances, with the prior approval […]

Information Circular No 11/2018: Members Recruited into the Defence Forces – Post 1994 – Claim for Continuance in Service for Cooks

By Industrial Relations Officer

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 following conditions are met: Must have successfully […]

Information Circular No 10/2018: Single Public Service Pension Scheme – Annual Benefits Statements

By Industrial Relations Officer

PDFORRA wishes to advise its members who have enlisted since 1st January 2013 that they are to receive their Annualised Benefits Statements in the coming weeks. PDFORRA has entered into significant correspondence with the Department of Defence over the past number of months regarding the supply of information to members on their pension entitlements. The […]

Information Circular No 9 – Summoning of Civilian Witnesses for the Purposes of Summary Investigation of Charges

By Industrial Relations Officer

PDFORRA wishes to draw members’ attention to the provisions of Section 183 (1) of the Defence Act 1954 (as amended) and the obligations/entitlements of Commanding Officers in respect of the hearings of summary charges. Section 183(1) of the Act, provides as follows: “Every person not subject to military law required to give evidence before an […]

Information Circular No 08/2018 – UPDATE – Application of the Working Time Directive to Members of the Defence Forces

By Industrial Relations Officer

As a result of the inability to secure agreement on the application of the Working Time Directive at Conciliation Council, PDFORRA assisted a number of our members to undertake legal action to secure their rights under this Directive. Legal actions were initiated over the past two years through the High Court. One of the number […]

Information Circular No 07/2018: Decision of Social Rights Committee on Complaint Submitted by PDFORRA and Review of Conciliation & Arbitration Scheme

By Industrial Relations Officer

Following publication of the decision of the European Social Rights Committee, which found that Ireland is in breach of Article 5 and 6 of the European Social Charter, PDFORRA is now engaged in a review of the Conciliation and Arbitration Scheme with the Department of Defence. Additionally, following the release of the decision by the […]

Information Circular No 06/2018: Recruitment of Regional Liaison Officer

By Industrial Relations Officer

The Permanent Defence Forces Other Ranks Representative Association (PDFORRA) wish to establish a panel for vacancies which may arise for Regional Liaison Officers (RLO’s). The Position will report to the General Secretary and his/her duties will include: The provision of a complete, comprehensive, effective, efficient and courteous service to all Regions and Districts under his/her […]