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Information Circular No 03/2020: Review of Conciliation and Arbitration Scheme

By Industrial Relations Officer

PDFORRA wishes to advise its members of the conclusion of the review of the Conciliation and Arbitration Scheme for members of the Defence Forces. The commencement of this process arose following the submission of a complaint by PDFORRA to the European Social Rights Committee in October 2014. In 2017, at the PDFORRA Annual Delegates Conference, […]

Information Circular No 01/2020: 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 private health insurance, you will have to pay extra for your cover under the Lifetime Community Rating (LCR) loadings. Lifetime Community Rating introduced a late entry loading on health insurance premiums for those aged 35 and older taking […]

Information Circular No 42/2019 – Membership of PDFORRA

By Industrial Relations Officer

PDFORRA has, over the course of the last few years, sought to improve the value proposition of membership of our Association for our members. This has resulted in a percentage growth in membership despite decreasing numbers within the Defence Forces. The provision of free MRI scans to qualifying personnel, the introduction of the PDFORRA Medical […]

Information Circular No 41/2019 – Legal Action – Tech Pay EMT’s

By Industrial Relations Officer

The Association was responsible for a legal case being brought before Dublin Circuit Court on the 17th of December last seeking damages in respect of one of our members not receiving appropriate technical pay despite practicing as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). The Department, just before Court, agreed to make a payment to the individual […]

Information Circular No 40/2019 – End of Year Brief

By Industrial Relations Officer

This year has seen the Association settle 18 claims made to the High Court relating to the Working Time Directive through mediation. The settlement of these claims through mediation has resulted in claims by hundreds of our members for compensation through the settlement scheme. During the course of the last week, PDFORRA has been involved […]

Information Circular No 39/2019 – Working Time Directive – Compensation Scheme

By Industrial Relations Officer

PDFORRA has commenced the processing of claims under the Working Time mediated settlement scheme in the past number of weeks. Members are advised that the Association has processed a few hundred claims onwards to the Department this week. The processing of these claims by the Department may take some time and members should be cognizant […]

Information Circular No 38/2019 – Submission of Complaint to Committee for Freedom of Association – International Labour Organisation

By Industrial Relations Officer

PDFORRA has submitted a complaint to the Committee for Freedom of Association of the International Labour Organisation. This is the first time that the Association has submitted a complaint to this. The submission of this complaint arises from the failure of Government to fully honour the findings of the 2010 adjudication in relation to the […]

Information Circular No 37/2019 – Review of Technical Grades 2 – 6

By Industrial Relations Officer

PDFORRA has this week written to the Oversight Body for the Public Sector Stability Agreement 2018 – 2020 outlining our members’ deep frustration of the apparent lack of progress on the review of technician pay groups 2 – 6. This correspondence follows a meeting with the Taoiseach and a further meeting with the Minister with […]

Information Circular No 36/2019 – Sea-Going Naval Personnel Credit 472BB.TCA

By Industrial Relations Officer

For the purposes of clarity, PDFORRA has extracted the following details from the Finance Bill 2019 Report Stage debate regarding the Sea- Going Naval personnel credit. (1) In this section – ‘day at sea’ means a cumulative period of 8 hours within any 24-hour period on patrol at sea on board a naval vessel; ‘naval […]

Information Circular No 35/2019 – Compensation Scheme – Alleged Breaches of WTD

By Industrial Relations Officer

A scheme for compensation of PDFORRA members who were the subject of alleged breaches of the Working Time Agreement has been agreed. This scheme encompasses PDFORRA members who have undertaken 9/11 trips, or a minimum of 27 days out of 33 days (full tour) of Prison Duty.  Additionally, it covers members of the Ordnance Corps […]