Information Circulars

Information Circular No 06/2020: – UPDATE – Sea-Going Naval Personnel Credit 472BB.TCA

By Industrial Relations Officer

PDFORRA has recently been in contact with officials from the Revenue Commissioners who have advised that the Naval Service Tax Credit is due to go live on 30 March 2020. This will permit qualifying personnel to use Revenue online to claim their tax credits for the appropriate year. For the purposes of clarity, please find […]

Information Circular No 05/2020: Paternity Leave and Benefits Act 2016

By Industrial Relations Officer

Following the submission of representations by PDFORRA, the Department of Defence have confirmed that entitlements under the Paternity Leave and Benefits Act must be taken within 6 months of the birth/adoption placement of the child Further, the Department have advised that it is not open to the Minister to either introduce a regulation (by way […]

Information Circular No 04/2020: Provision of Glasses / Frames

By Industrial Relations Officer

A number of personnel have contacted PDFORRA in the past few weeks regarding eye examinations and the provision of glasses and frames. PDFORRA wishes to draw member’s attention to previous Info Circular – 15/2019 on this issue. Additionally, the Association wishes to advise members of the direction provided by the Department of Defence, following representations […]

Information Circular No 02/2020: Payment of UN Holiday Pay and Per Diem to Members of the 114 Inf Bn

By Industrial Relations Officer

PDFORRA has written to Conciliation and Arbitration Branch, Department of Defence, on four occasions since September 2019, seeking the payment of the aforementioned allowances to our members. Following receipt of PDFORRA’s latest correspondence, Conciliation and Arbitration Branch requested that Military Management clarify the situation regarding the outstanding payments. The following response was provided to our […]

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 […]