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Information Circular No 32/2020: UPDATE – WORKING TIME MEDIATION

By Industrial Relations Officer

PDFORRA wishes to advise members that the compensatory scheme agreed between our Association and the Department of Defence for alleged breaches of the Working Time Directive has been extended. The agreement of a scheme followed extensive mediation discussions held in 2019. The terms of the mediation agreement had initially been open until the 17th of […]

Information Circular No 31/2020: SEA SERVICE COMMITMENT SCHEME

By Industrial Relations Officer

On the 16th of October 2020, the Minister for Defence, Simon Coveney TD, announced the proposed introduction of a Sea Service Commitment Scheme. Prior to the announcement, PDFORRA had not been consulted with regards to the operation of the Scheme, or its terms. Following the announcement, PDFORRA met with the Minister and his officials and […]

Information Circular No 30/2020: PAY TALKS

By Industrial Relations Officer

PDFORRA wishes to advise our members that talks on a successor to the current Public Service Stability Agreement 2018- 2020, have taken place over the course of the past two weeks. Currently, the majority talks are largely being conducted through teleconferencing, with one meeting being held in person at the Workplace Relations Commission. Talks thus […]

Information Circular No 29/2020: UPDATE ON ISSUES

By Industrial Relations Officer

Over the course of the past year PDFORRA has been involved in progressing the following matters through a variety of forums: The finalisation of the Conciliation and Arbitration Review. The submission of a position paper to the Department of Enterprise regarding remote working. The submission of position papers to the minister for Defence regarding the […]

PMAS Information Circular No 2/2020: Cross Border Directive

By Industrial Relations Officer

PMAS began assisting members to access medical treatment under the terms of the EU Cross Border Healthcare Directive in July 2018. Generally, these services were provided in Northern Ireland and in particular in Kingsbridge Private Hospital in Belfast. Indeed, it was expected that services could continue in Northern Ireland regardless of Brexit because the Government […]

Information Circular No 28/2020: Budget 2021

By Industrial Relations Officer

Information Circular No 28/2020 Budget 2021 Following Budget 2021, PDFORRA wishes to draw our member’s attention to the limited number of amendments that will impact on conditions of service. The principal amendment pertaining to members of the Naval Service was the retention, and increase, in value of the Naval Service Tax Credit. The amendment of […]

Information Circular No 27/2020: Parent’s Leave

By Industrial Relations Officer

PDFORRA wishes to advise members of the following issues related to the availing of Parent’s Leave: Once Parent’s Leave has been approved by the relevant Military Authorities, it is a matter for each individual member to apply to the the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP) for the Parents Benefit payment while on […]

Information Circular No 26/2020: Update on Issues

By Industrial Relations Officer

Update on number of issues PDFORRA wishes to advise our members of the following updates. Members in receipt of Acting Rank (Paid) for personnel serving with 115th Inf Bn UNIFIL Agreement has now been reached between the Department of Defence and PDFORRA for members, who had been in receipt of a payment for Acting Rank […]

Information Circular No 25/2020: Update on Issues

By Industrial Relations Officer

Update on number of issues Yesterday, PDFORRA received confirmation from the Chief State Solicitor Office, that EOD Drivers are to be included in the compensation scheme mediated by PDFORRA under the Working Time Directive. A new proforma will be circulated to Districts for distribution to our members, who can then submit their claims through the […]

Information Circular No 24/2020: Update on Issues

By Industrial Relations Officer

Since the commencement of the ongoing public health crisis, PDFORRA has continued to submit claims on behalf of our members where circumstances give rise to such claims. Moreover, during the current crisis, PDFORRA has agreed the appointment of a new Independent Chair to the Conciliation and Arbitration Scheme and agreed the terms of re-enlistment for […]