Information Circular No 32/2020: UPDATE – WORKING TIME MEDIATION

By Industrial Relations Officer

PDFORRA wishes to advise members that the compensatory scheme agreed between our Association and the Department of Defence for alleged breaches of the Working Time Directive has been extended. The agreement of a scheme followed extensive mediation discussions held in 2019.

The terms of the mediation agreement had initially been open until the 17th of September 2019, however, following recent discussion between PDFORRA and the Department of Defence, the terms of the agreement have been extended to include members of PDFORRA who have undertaken Portlaoise Prison duties since the 17th of September 2019. Additionally, members who were undertaking Portlaoise Prison duties on the 17th of September 2019, but who did not meet the requisite terms as set out below, can also now apply for compensation

Accordingly, the following terms apply:

  1. Personnel who undertook Portlaoise Prison Duty since (or during the period) of the 17th of September 2019, who completed a minimum 27 out of 33 days during each rotation are to receive €100 plus an additional days leave for each reference period.

Moreover, personnel are reminded that:

  • Personnel who undertook Portlaoise Prison Duty within the past 5 years who completed a minimum 27 out of 33 days during each rotation are to receive €100 plus an additional days leave, for each referenced period – up to a maximum of €500 and 3 additional days Annual Leave
  • PDFORRA members wishing to claim compensation shall be required to complete a declaration before payment will be made. This declaration can be attained from District Committees.

The additional leave element of the mediated agreement is currently being applied to personnel across the Defence Forces. However, in the event that your additional leave is not applied to your leave record, you are requested to contact PDFORRA HQ, where the matter will be addressed.

PDFORRA are currently in talks with the Department of Defence regarding the appropriate amount of compensatory rest following the undertaking of various duties and will update members as matters progress.

Your Association will continue to have the Working Time Directive applied, where appropriate, to conditions of service and seek to have formalised compensatory rest periods agreed where work practices contravene the principal of the Directive.

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