Information Circular No 33/2019 – Increase in Service Limits – Sergeants

By Industrial Relations Officer

PDFORRA has received confirmation from the Department of Defence that it wishes to conclude an Agreed Report pertaining to Sergeants who enlisted since 1994.

Under the provisions of CCR 528, adopted on 4 April 2019, the Official side and PDFORRA agreed that a detailed review would be undertaken by a joint civil/military team under the auspices of the White Paper on Defence Project 40a to examine the contracts for all ranks of enlisted personnel who joined the Defence Forces since 1994.

The foregoing CCR 528 addressed the issue of Privates and Corporals specifically, and did not encompass the rank of Sergeant.

Therefore, following the conclusion of CCR 528, PDFORRA entered into correspondence with the Official side on the 8th of March 2019, seeking to have Sergeants extended in service until at least 55 years of age.

At PDFORRA’s Annual Delegate Conference on 2 October 2019, Minister with Responsibility for Defence, Mr. Paul Kehoe, T.D., announced that the Official Side would enter into discussions with PDFORRA with a view to allowing Post-1994 Sergeants continue in service until 31 December 2022, subject to their meeting medical grade and fitness test criteria in the interim period.

PDFORRA will now have the matter placed on the Agenda for Conciliation and Arbitration with a view to concluding a CCR to the foregoing effect. Furthermore, your Association will continue to advocate for Sergeants to be allowed to remain in service until they reach at least 55 years of age.

The foregoing position is without prejudice to the provisions provided for within paragraph 5 of the Public Service Pay Commission Report, which provides that a review in the nature of the Interdepartmental Review of Barriers to Extended Participation in Public Service Workforce 2017, take place.

Issued on: 01/11/2019

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