Information Circular No 22/2014: Adjudication Report – Replacement of Reserve Defence Force (RDF) Allowance With Subsistence Allowance

By Industrial Relations Officer

On the 5th of July 2014, PDFORRA presented its case to the Adjudicator for the retention and pension-ability of the aforementioned RDF Allowance.  The case arises from Conciliation Council Report No. 449.  This report outlines the negotiations that took place between the Department of Defence and PDFORRA regarding the introduction of an appropriate and verifiable system for the payment of RDF Allowance on the basis of vouched subsistence.  PDFORRA vigorously defended the position of the personnel concerned and on the 2nd of September 2014, the Adjudicator Mr John O’ Dowd returned his findings.

In summation, the Adjudicator found that the Department had not presented a justifiable case for the removal of the aforementioned allowance.  Additionally, the Adjudicator found that the Department had not given any detailed proposals for an alternative arrangement nor had they made proposals for compensation for those currently holding the allowance.  In response to proposals made by PDFORRA regarding the allowance, the Adjudicator stated that a sufficiently credible case had not been made.

Ultimately, the Adjudicator made a recommendation that the parties return to negotiation on the matter.  The basis for any future negotiation should involve proposals for an alternative to the current allowance and for compensation measures for those currently holding the allowance in the event that losses arise.  The Adjudicator also recommended that if it is not possible to reach agreement the matter can be brought again to adjudication should either party wish.

PDFORRA expects that any future negotiations with the Department must take cognizance of the findings of the Adjudicator and any solution must be credible, equitable and transparent.

PDFORRA would anticipate that the Department will engage at the earliest opportunity and we will keep the affected personnel up-dated through Information Circulars, the Association’s website and articles in the Irish Defender.

 

Issued on: 03/09/2014

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