Information Circular No 03/2020: Review of Conciliation and Arbitration Scheme

By Industrial Relations Officer

PDFORRA wishes to advise its members of the conclusion of the review of the Conciliation and Arbitration Scheme for members of the Defence Forces.

The commencement of this process arose following the submission of a complaint by PDFORRA to the European Social Rights Committee in October 2014.

In 2017, at the PDFORRA Annual Delegates Conference, the Minister with Responsibility for Defence, Mr Paul Kehoe, announced the aforementioned review which was undertaken by Mr Gerard Barry.

Following the report of Mr Gerard Barry, discussions commenced between the Department, PDFORRA and our sister representative body.

These discussions have only recently concluded. During negotiations with the Department, the following provisions, amongst other things, were agreed:

1          The appointment of an independent Chairperson with greater oversight responsibilities

2.         Greater use/ compulsory facilitation for claims.

3.         Expanded scope for claims

4.         A right of appeal from Adjudication to the Arbitration Board

5.         Standardisation of claim forms

While PDFORRA welcomes the ratification of the new Scheme, your Association remains resolute in its belief that the Right of Association with ICTU provides the best opportunity to secure advances in remuneration for our members during National Pay Talks.

While PDFORRA looks forward to engaging with the new Chairperson following their appointment, our Association is convinced that there is an urgent need by Government to recognise the unique nature of military service and provide adequate resources to the Department of Defence to remunerate our members appropriately for the work we undertake.

Issued on: 24/01/2020

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