Information Circulars

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 […]

Information Circular No 23/2020: Clarification- Parents Leave

By Industrial Relations Officer

Members are advised that the grant of Parents Leave is NOT with full pay. Over the course of the past number of years a number of different type of leave for parents/adoptive parents has been introduced into regulations. To date, Maternity Leave, and Paternity leave have been given to personnel on a fully paid basis. […]

Information Circular No 22/2020: SUBMISSION TO EUROPEAN SOCIAL RIGHTS COMMITTEE

By Industrial Relations Officer

On 2 May 2020, PDFORRA, through EUROMIL, made a follow up submission to the European Social Rights Committee in relation to our complaint No. 112/2014. Members will recall that the European Social Rights Committee held Ireland had breached PDFORRA’s rights under Articles 5 and 6.2 of the European Social Charter under this complaint. PDFORRA has […]

Information Circular No 21/2020: Free Rations for Recruits and Apprentices- 1 Oct 2018 Free Rations Personnel undergoing 2-3* 1 Jan 2020

By Industrial Relations Officer

On 19 January 2017, PDFORRA, submitted a claim to the Department requesting exemptions from rations for personnel undergoing the three Star Private course in the 2 BTC, Athlone from 12 June – 2 September 2016. Subsequently, one of our members from Galway commenced legal proceedings to secure payment the payment of rations while he was […]

Information Circular No 20/2020: Payments of Per Diem & Holiday Pay Members of the 114th Inf Bn UNIFIL

By Industrial Relations Officer

PDFORRA has written to Conciliation and Arbitration Branch, Department of Defence, on several occasions since September 2019, seeking the payment of the aforementioned allowances to our members who served on the above mission. (Information Circular 02/2020 dated 23 Jan 20 refers) Following the latest correspondence received today, 14 May 2020 from Conciliation and Arbitration Branch, […]

Information Circular No 19/2020: Single Pension Scheme (2013) Purchase and Transfer of Retirement Benefits

By Industrial Relations Officer

The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform has made Regulations under Section 8(2)(f) of the Public Service Pensions (Single Scheme and Other Provisions) Act 2012, entitled Single Public Service Pension Scheme (Purchase and Transfer of Retirement Benefits – Permanent Defence Force) Regulations 2020 (S.I. No 73/2020).  These Regulations came into operation with effect from 1 […]

PMAS Information Circular No 1/2020: Covid-19 update

By Industrial Relations Officer

To date the PDFORRA Medical Assistance Scheme (PMAS) has assisted over 170 members to access healthcare in Kingsbridge Private Hospital in Belfast. However, as a consequence of the current Public Health Crisis, Kingsbridge Private Hospital has now entered into an agreement with the National Health Service (NHS) to provide extra public beds during the COVID […]

Information Circular No 18/2020: Overseas Issues – Meeting with Chief of Staff

By Industrial Relations Officer

Following a meeting with the Chief of Staff on the 13 March 2020, a further meeting was held today to follow up on issues arising from the current public health crisis. During the meeting, PDFORRA raised the issue of personnel overseas and the necessity for the provision of clarity regarding return dates. Additionally, issues surrounding […]

Information Circular No 17/2020: OVERSEAS ISSUES

By Industrial Relations Officer

Over the past number of weeks, PDFORRA has both corresponded and spoken directly with military management through the C&A office on a regular basis regarding the issue of deployment and repatriation of personnel from overseas missions. This was highlighted in circular 12/2020, which was published on the 18th of March 2020. Moreover, PDFORRA has exchanged […]