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Information Circular No 20/2019 – Details of Pay Restoration – Public Service Pay Commission Report

By Industrial Relations Officer

PDFORRA received the Report of the Public Service Pay Commission on Thursday 04th July.  The Report is effectively broken down into two areas, the first relates to immediate pay restoration measures and the second element relates to pay reviews to be undertaken before the expiry of the current pay agreement. The following pay related measures […]

Information Circular No 19/2019 – Publication of Public Service Pay Commission Report

By Industrial Relations Officer

The Public Service Pay Commission report has been released to PDFORRA in the past few hours. This report follows the tendering of multiple submissions and an oral hearing before the Commission by PDFORRA. Members who may choose to review the submissions made by PDFORRA should be aware that the initial submission was made in February […]

Information Circular No 15/2019 – Refund of Costs – Eye Examinations

By Industrial Relations Officer

PDFORRA members should be aware that the Defence Forces annual occupational medical provides for eye tests and eyesight tests to assess eye health and visual acuity for all personnel, including those who use a VDU as a significant part of their normal work. If further testing or examination is required, the Defence Forces primary carers […]

Information Circular No 13/2019 – Update – Ongoing Issues

By Industrial Relations Officer

The Public Service Pay Commission is scheduled to publish its recommendations imminently. Upon receipt, PDFORRA will consider, review and update our membership on any recommendations made. The Association is set to engage in direct mediation on aspects of the Working Time Directive with the Department of Defence during the latter half of this week. This […]

Information Circular No 12/2019 – German Battle Group 2019 Rates – Stadtallendorf, Germany

By Industrial Relations Officer

Rates effective from 01 May, 2019 Rank/Grade Equivalents Allowances Sgt. Major = (HEO + EO)/2 COLA = Cost of Living Allowance BQMS= (HEO+EO)/2 LPA= Local Post Allowance CQMS = EO CFA= Children’s Foreign Allowance Company Sergeant = EO Unacc = Unaccompanied Sergeant = (SO+CO)/2 Acc = Accompanied   COLA   LPA   Total COLA and […]

Information Circular No 11/2019 – Promotion Competition – 2019

By Industrial Relations Officer

The current promotional competition held under CCR 448b, is scheduled to terminate on the 15th of May 2019. Today, Thursday March 28th, PDFORRA held its first meeting with the Departmental side. During the course of this meeting, the Association was presented with a set of proposed changes for the upcoming promotional competition. This is the […]

Information Circular No 10/2019 – Continuance in Service – Post 1994 Personnel

By Industrial Relations Officer

Following discussions between the Department of Defence and PDFORRA, the following issues pertaining to Personnel who enlisted Post 1994 have been agreed through the compilation of a Conciliation Council Report: 1. A review of the contract terms for all personnel who enlisted since 1994 is to be undertaken. 2. Line Privates, Privates in receipt of […]

Information Circular No 09/2019: Working Time Directive Cases – Mediation

By Industrial Relations Officer

A proposal for mediation of the application of the Working Time Directive to members of the Defence Forces was made by the Department of Defence to PDFORRA in the past number of weeks. Following advice from the Association’s Solicitor and Senior Counsel, PDFORRA agreed to open discussions subject to certain caveats. Mr Mark Connaughton, Senior […]

Information Circular No 08/2019: Notification of Amendment of A.11 to Provide for Bereavement, Paternity and Marriage Leave

By Industrial Relations Officer

Following negotiations, Defence Force Regulations A. 11 have now been amended to provide for increases to Bereavement Leave (Special Leave). Paragraph 29 of A.11 now provides for an entitlement to 20 days Special Leave on the occasion of the death of a spouse, civil partner, a cohabiting partner, a child or a domestic dependant of […]

Information Circular No 07/2019: Attendance of PDFORRA Before the Public Service Pay Commission

By Industrial Relations Officer

Representatives from PDFORRA appeared before the Public Service Pay Commission on Tuesday of this week – 05th March 2019. The Association, in advance of the hearing, supplied the Commission with a copy of our presentation, which highlighted the urgent requirement to increase allowances that are unique to the Defence Forces. The Terms of Reference for […]