Information Circulars

Information Circular No 05/2019: Recruitment of Regional Liaison Officer (RLO)

By Industrial Relations Officer

The Permanent Defence Forces Other Ranks Representative Association (PDFORRA) intend to conduct interviews for the position of Regional Liaison Officer. Unsuccessful candidates will be placed on a panel for two years. 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 […]

Information Circular No 04/2019: Payment of Technical Pay – Group 3 to Medical Personnel Deployed on Operations Pontus and Sophia

By Industrial Relations Officer

During 2018, this Association was informed that members of the Medical Corps (Army), who deployed on the above missions had NOT been paid the equivalent rate of Technical Pay (Gp 3) – Emergency Medical Technician – for the duration of the above Missions, unlike their counterparts in the Naval Service. PDFORRA has now secured agreement […]

Information Circular No 03/2019: Public Service Pay Commission – “Engage to Change” Survey

By Industrial Relations Officer

A study, titled “Engage to Change”, will be conducted by an independent research company, Research Matters Ltd (www.researchmatters.eu). The purpose of the study is to collect information on issues relating to recruitment and retention with personnel in the Defence Forces and it will include an online survey and interviews. The report of the findings will […]

Information Circular No 02/2019: Unsuccessful Arbitration Board Finding – Loss of Earnings Kilkenny / Limerick / Kilworth

By Industrial Relations Officer

Hearings on the claim for loss of earnings for personnel from Kilkenny, Limerick and Kilworth took place on the 19th of October and 13th of December 2018. These hearings followed a number of successful claims by PDFORRA for loss of earnings for personnel from Clonmel, Mullingar, EOD personnel impacted by the cessation of duties at […]

Information Circular No 01/2019: Proposed Equalisation Measures to Salary Scale of Privates – Who Enlisted Since 2011

By Industrial Relations Officer

Subsequent to discussions that took place last year between PDFORRA the Department of Defence and DPER Officials, the following worked examples of changes to increments have been provided to the Association. Soldier A enlisted in March 2011. S/he is now on point 7 of the scale and is due to go to point 8 on […]

Information Circular No 37/2018: Association Membership Growth

By Industrial Relations Officer

This year has seen membership of our Association grow following a period of relative stagnation. Membership of PDFORRA now stands at approximately 89% of all enlisted personnel, with a slight variation for discharges and recruitment lag. During the past year, the Association committed significant sums from its capital reserves to benefit our membership in a […]

Information Circular No 36/2018: Ophthalmologist Services

By Industrial Relations Officer

PDFORRA has been informed by the Department of Defence that if a member is found to have a newly-diagnosed issue with their Visual Acuity in Part 1 of their medical examination, the Medical Officer will assess the need for these personnel to acquire glasses/lenses during Part II of their medical examination. If the Medical Officer […]

Information Circular No 35/2018: End of Year – Update on Actions

By Industrial Relations Officer

Over the course of the last number of months, PDFORRA have brought to finality a number of claims. Additionally, the Association has initiated actions within various Forums on behalf of our members. The following is a synopsis of actions undertaken: Successfully finalised claim for rations on behalf of nine (9) Apprentices serving in the Air […]

Information Circular No 34/2018: Outstanding Adjudications

By Industrial Relations Officer

PDFORRA has engaged the services of Mr John Rodgers SC to provide legal counsel in respect of the aforementioned outstanding adjudications, which include: 1.  Increase in Army Ranger Wing Allowance 2.  Increase in Chefs Technical Pay 3.  Provision of free rations to Recruits and Apprentices, and 4.  Payment of Account Holders Allowance Subsequent to the […]

Information Circular No 33/2018: Payment of Wages Act – Timely Payment of Duties

By Industrial Relations Officer

Recent issues have highlighted deficiencies in current pay administration including – the late payment of Security Duty Allowances to personnel and the repayment of rations. On a number of occasions previously, PDFORRA has sought the contemporaneous notation of the date together with the payment awarded for duties on payslips. To date, for various reasons, the […]