Information Circular No 35/2019 – Compensation Scheme – Alleged Breaches of WTD

By Industrial Relations Officer

A scheme for compensation of PDFORRA members who were the subject of alleged breaches of the Working Time Agreement has been agreed.

This scheme encompasses PDFORRA members who have undertaken 9/11 trips, or a minimum of 27 days out of 33 days (full tour) of Prison Duty.  Additionally, it covers members of the Ordnance Corps who undertook EOD duty over the course of the past 5 years.  Lastly, it covers members of the 106 and 108 Inf Bn’s.

Application forms for compensation will be circulated from Monday 11th of November to all District Committees. Members of PDFORRA wishing to claim compensation will be required to complete the application form, which will then be forwarded by the District Committees to PDFORRA HQ.               

The compensation to be awarded to our members equates to:

1.         In the case of members of the 106 and 108 Inf Bn’s, an increase in annual leave up to a maximum of 7 days additional leave – to be taken within the next 3 years. Members of this cohort of personnel can also avail of the provisions below, where they are applicable.

2.         €100 (Net) plus One-day additional Leave, per applicable tour, up to a maximum of €500 (Net) and 3 days additional leave in respect of PDFORRA members who undertook Portlaoise Prison Duty in the past 5 years.

3.         €100 (Net) plus One-day additional Leave, per year where a PDFORRA member undertook an EOD duty in the past 5 years, up to a maximum of €500 (Net) and 3 days additional leave.

*The applicable date from which retrospection takes place is the 17th of September 2019.

**Members who have departed the Defence Forces since the 17th of September 2019, where no additional leave has been granted under the terms of the scheme will be given the monetary value of the leave in lieu. This portion of compensation is subject to tax.

*** PDFORRA is aware of other cohorts of personnel where work practices were not in conformity with the Working Time Directive. Currently, PDFORRA is in the process of compiling claims for these personnel. These claims will initially be submitted through the C&A Scheme.

A training day on the application of the Working Time Directive for District Reps will be undertaken in the New Year in conjunction with our Association’s Solicitor.

Issued on: 08/11/2019

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