Thursday, 20 June 2019

Questions (51)

Aengus Ó Snodaigh

Question:

51. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the additional whole-time equivalent that would be required to give effect to the working time directive for the Defence Forces; the cost of same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25950/19]

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Written answers (Question to Defence)

The Working Time Directive has been transposed into national legislation by way of the Organisation of Working Time Act, 1997. The Government has committed to amending the Organisation of Working Time Act and bringing the Defence Forces and An Garda Síochána within the scope of its provisions.

The Organisation of Working Time Act sets out the requirements to be met by employers in regulating working time and allows for derogation and exemptions from some of those provisions. These issues and others are currently the subject of discussions between civil and military management and the Representative Associations and will shape the manner in which the work of the Permanent Defence Force is organised.