The HSE in its service plan for the year had envisaged generating savings of €110 million this year on drug costs. Photograph: iStock

Talks on a new deal with pharmaceutical companies proved unsuccessful

It is understood the Department of Education’s payroll system does not discriminate between ASTI and TUI members. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Department of Education payroll does not take into account union membership

“An extra 1,300 staff have been employed in the health sector in the first quarter of 2016.”  Photograph: Frank Miller

IMO chief says ban is a ‘hammer blow to efforts to tackle the serious manpower crisis’

Following the controversy more than a decade ago over people with medical-card entitlements being charged for care in State-run facilities, the then government put in place a repayment scheme

Minster told about 400 doctors may sue State over failure to pay salary increases

Impact general secretary Shay Cody said that without a constitutional referendum there would be continuing fear and debate about privatisation.

The Union has not adopted an anti-water charges stance as policy

The HSE announced  no new staff at doctor, nurse or  midwife grades   will be taken on until further notice, and no further expressions of interest or formal job offers will be made. File photograph: The Irish Times

INMO urges Harris to prevent utter chaos in ‘already severely strained health service’

ASTI members voted by a margin of 68 per cent to 32 per cent to cease working the 33 Croke Park hours. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Association members voted to stop working 33 hours generally used for school and parent meetings

 Commuters walk the Luas line towards Dublin city centre during a strike earlier this month. File photograph: Laura Hutton/Collins Photo Agency

Move amid confusion over whether Siptu would ballot for an all-out strike action

An ASTI ballot box during the counting of ballots at ASTI headquarters in Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

ASTI votes to stop working additional hours as HSE moves to suspend recruitment

Hospitals have been told the pause in recruitment will cover consultants, and that all posts are to be put on hold due to a review of staffing and pay bill management. Photograph: Getty Images

Hospitals told pause in recruitment to cover consultants and posts on hold pending review

Other unions which have accepted, with great reluctantce, unpalatable measures of their own under the various agreements will be watching carefully to see how the Government now deals with the ASTI. Photograph:  Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Imposing financial penalties could lead to school closures and industrial unrest

The Impact conference heard 40 per cent of output the agri-food sector was exported to the UK and the agri-food sector supported 170,000 Irish jobs. Photograph: iStock

Tens of thousands of Irish jobs under threat if UK leaves EU, Impact conference hears

The Irish Congress of Trade Unions is not seeking to revitalise social partnership, its general secretary Patricia King told the Impact conference. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Conference told that a six-hour day could result in gains in efficiency and productivity

Gerry Madden warned if the dispute continued that Transdev would have to consider other lawful means to bring the dispute to an end and that all the company’s actions to date had been lawful.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Company says it is not prepared to offer increases that exceed 13% over three years

 Impact’s general secretary said all workers in the public service had their pay cut together under financial emergency legislation, known as Fempi (Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest). Photograph: Alan Betson

Conference hears that commission cannot be used to treat some groups more equally than others

A strike at 70 Tesco stores in the Republic,  scheduled to start last Monday, was called off to allow for  talks to take place. Photograph: PA

Dispute centres on plans to move staff hired before 1996 to less favourable contracts

Impact president Jerry King has said the  pace of the economic recovery, and the continuing likelihood of higher-than-expected growth, meant it was reasonable for unions to seek earlier engagement with the Government on pay restoration. File photograph: Getty Images

Country’s largest public service union seeking acceleration of pay restoration

The Labour Court is expected to determine whether temporary pay cuts in place since 2014 for staff at Iarnród Éireann should end earlier than originaly envisaged.

Unions want salary reductions to end prior to their scheduled expiry next autumn

Talk will get underway on Wednesday in the Workplace Relations Commission in a bid to resolve a dispute over controversial plans by retailer Tesco to introduce changes to the terms and conditions of longer- serving staff. Photograph: PA

Talks averted planned strike at 70 Tesco stores this week

The HSE in its service plan for the year had envisaged generating savings of €110 million this year on drug costs.  Photograph: iStock

Cabinet hears of plans to invoke legislation to allow health authority to reduce medicine costs

The scene at Sandyford Luas depot last week during  strike. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Siptu divisional organiser Owen Reidy says Transdev is ‘reckless and out of control’

Siptu president Jack O’Connor has said whoever works on the planned public sector pay commission must be ‘objective people’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Garda sergeants’ group to march on Dáil, is ‘seriously considering industrial action’

Dublin light rail operator Transdev is seeking to win the right to run bus services under new Government reforms. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Transdev will bid to operate routes as part of controversial reforms

Staff who are difficult to retain in the public service are likely to be considered  in a new public sector pay agreement. Photograph: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

New agreement may include salary incentives for in-demand workers

“The 18 per cent pay award recommended for Luas staff – which was rejected – did not go unnoticed elsewhere.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Quicker restoration of pay is just one of the union issues being faced by the Government

‘Remain’ campaigners carry placards during British prime minister David Cameron’s speech on the referendum on the UK’s EU membership  in Witney, Britain. Ictu is to launch its campaign against a Brexit. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

Body warns of job losses and an impact on living standards if the UK votes to leave EU

Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe: spokeswoman said he had “emphasised the importance of the Lansdowne Road agreement”. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe holds talks on public service pay

Striking Luas drivers at the Sandyford tram deport on Friday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Up to 90,000 people affected by latest action by workers who are seeking improved pay

Commuters make their way into Dublin city centre along otherwise  empty  Luas lines near Harcourt Street during a strike late last month. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Luas drivers for 24-hour strike on Friday in campaign for improved pay and conditions

Tesco management has deferred the implementation of changes to terms and conditions of some employees to allow for talks.

Management defers plans to change terms and conditions of longer-serving staff

Siptu has told the HSE that it wants an immediate engagement aimed at ending the two-tier pay system in place in the national ambulance service. Photograph: Getty Images

Claim follows precedent established in return of pay for firefighters recruited after 2012

The union said Tesco could prevent the strike by withdrawing their threat to cut workers’ wages without agreement or by attending the Labour Court for a hearing on the matters in dispute. Photograph: iStock

Union says pickets to be placed on 70 stores; Supermarket says it will be business as usual

Luas drivers are set to stage a series of four-hour strikes in June as part of the latest phase of their campaign of industrial action to seek improved pay and conditions.

Drivers to stage series of four hour strikes in June impacting students sitting State exams

The Communications Workers’ Union represents postal, telecommunications and call centre sector workers. File photograph: Getty Images

Some employers clinging to 19th century model of industrial relations, says CWU

A file image of TUI teachers protesting. Photograph: The Irish Times

TUI members to ballot on agreement between union and Department of Education

Under the new programme for government, expected to be published this week, hospital services will be run by statutory trusts which will own their assets and manage the recruitment of their own staff. File photograph: Getty Images

Programme includes special provision of €50m to cut waiting times at hospitals

 Shane Ross: he wrote in the Sunday Independent that “I am really looking forward to my first meeting with some of the organisations which have received harsh criticism in this column.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

As Luas strikes loom Minister acknowledges former criticism of transport groups and unions

Agreed annual performance targets are to be linked to new activity-based funding

Under new health plans salaried GPs would be employed and managers all have MBAs

General secretary of the Irish Federation of University Teachers Mike Jennings said funding in the sector had been decimated over recent years. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Union says some staff earning €5,000 a year and many on insecure contracts

File image: The Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI) staged a demonstration outside the Department of Education on Friday in protest at what it described as unprecedented interference in a ballot currently underway on whether members should cease working 33 non-teaching hours agreed under the former Croke Park agreement. Photograph: Dave Meehan.

ASTI members protest against alleged Department of Education ‘interference’ in ballot

Senior civil servants claim that in some cases they are earning up to 30 percent less than managerial counterparts in the private sector. Photograph: Alan Betson

Pay 30 per cent behind private sector counterparts, says union

The Irish Nurses’ and Midwives’ Organisation argues that the role its members played in the health service had expanded rapidly over recent years. Photograph: The Irish Times

Recent productivity gains unlikely to be rolled back, according to Coalition sources

Phil Ní Sheaghdha said the HSE accepted that in acute hospitals 66 per cent of nurses recruited were already working in the public service. File photograph: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

Union’s industrial relations director disputes assertion 1,000 additional nurses recruited

 INMO’s Liam Doran, Phil Ni Sheaghdha and IClaire Mahon at their annual conference in The Gleneagle Hotel, Killarney. Photograph: Don MacMonagle

INMO delegates vote to review continued co-operation with Lansdowne Road agreement

President of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation Claire Mahon says some hospital managers remain less than engaged and lethargic about trying to deal with overcrowding in their emergency departments. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Minister for Health urged to challenge ‘less-than-engaged’ hospital managers

Kieran Christie, general secretary of the ASTI, says the two-tier pay scale in the public service is causing huge morale problems. Photograph: The Irish Times

Union research shows €200,000 difference over career between two salary categories

Sandyford Luas depot yesterday as the strikes continued. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Shift patterns mean none of the 152 drivers have lost out on pay for all strike days

INMO general secretary Liam Doran and president Claire Mahon speaking to the press at the INMO conference in the Gleneagle Hotel, Killarney, yesterday. Photograph: Don MacMonagle

Union warns it could take court action against regulatory body for nurses

The new 2.5% pay deal for An Post staff will take effect from the beginning of this month. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Initial deal provides for 2.5% increase with negotiations to continue with goal of 6%

General secretary of the INMO, Liam Doran, said if anyone needed to spend weeks and weeks in talks to conclude the health service needed multi-year funding, “they have not been living on planet Earth”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

INMO criticises ‘minimalist’ provisions for health in new government agreement

In his statement in September 2012 Brendan Howlin said the annual value in allowances that would not be paid to new beneficiaries was in the region of €475million. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Decision attracted limited attention in 2012, but Government now feeling the pressure

File photo: Commuters make their way into the city centre along the Luas lines near Harcourt street, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Some 90,000 Dublin commuters will again be impacted with further strikes expected

Government set to reverse reductions to allowances for new personnel after 2012

Additional funds requested to support hospitals and improve the flow of patients. Photograph: The Irish Times

Department told by HSE chief in late January €20m in short-term measures required

Under the deal nurses in emergency departments are to receive an extra two days’ leave this year and in 2017 in lieu of missed meal breaks. Photograph: The Irish Times

Cost of deal set to be added to executive’s financial overrun which may hit €300m

 People walk the Luas line near Harcourt Street during the April 28th strike. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

About 90,000 to be affected by Wednesday stoppage with four more to come in May

 Portlaoise hospital. The families of babies who died at Portlaoise hospital may never find out if those responsible for the care of their children were disciplined by the health service, the head of the Health Service Executive has warned. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

HSE boss says families may never know if hospital staff members were disciplined

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: he instructed his officials to put pressure on the HSE

A report on whether staff need to be disciplined has effectively stalled

A new  GP-based 24-hour blood pressure monitoring and  a  contraceptive service for medical card patients has been delayed. Photograph: PA

A 24-hour blood pressure and contraceptive service was due to start next week

Luas drivers are to meet on Wednesday evening to decide on a response to a warning issued by management at the Dublin light rail system that they will face pay cuts of 10 per cent from Friday if industrial action continues. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Transdev says staff will be docked 10% from Friday if industrial action continues

The Luas light rail system in Dublin is expected to be brought to a standstill again on Thursday as a result of a strike by drivers as part of a campaign for improved pay and conditions. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Staff in Iarnród Éireann to ballot for industrial action over pay

A Luas on Benburb Street in Dublin. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Non-driver staff end their dispute after voting to accept Transdev’s revised pay proposals

A social welfare office in Dublin.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

CPSU conference seeks reintroduction of glass screens in social protection offices

Informed sources close to Luas drivers said if they were offered a deal of about 13.1 per cent over three years it was unlikely to be acceptable. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

More strikes planned for next week

A Luas on Benburb Street in Dublin. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Revised proposals follows talks between management and traffic supervisors

Civil Public and Services Union general secretary Eoin Ronayne said there was nothing to stop the in-coming Government from entering into talks on bringing forward elements of the existing Lansdowne Road agreement which is scheduled to run until 2018. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

CPSU signals it will also seek improvements for civil servants in An Garda Síochána

CPSU general secretary Eoin Ronayne: “the low entry points imposed on the lower-paid clerical officer grade means it will take new recruits six years to reach €11.50 an hour”. Photograph: Eric Luke.

New clerical officers earning €7,000 less than those hired prior to economic crash

 Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe has said  he very much welcomes the decision to call off  strikes on Luas services scheduled for this weekend. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Further talks between operator Transdev and drivers scheduled to be held on Monday

Dublin Bus said it was engaged in a process with trade unions at the Workplace Relations Commission. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

Talks with unions to resume at Workplace Relations Commission on Thursday

A planned meeting between Luas drivers and management scheduled for Wednesday has been postponed and will be rescheduled.  File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Meetings aimed at clarifying issues surrounding revised pay offer, says Siptu

There are delays of up to 30 minutes on DART services this morning after a truck hit a bridge at Clontarf.  The National Bus and Rail Union strongly denied the allegation that it was co-ordinating unoffical industrial action among Dart drivers.

Company says Dart drivers breached contract by taking unofficial industrial action

Strike action is currently planned for the following dates: Thursday, April 28th; Wednesday, May 4th; Friday, May 13th; Friday, May 20th; Thursday, May 26th (Four hour work stoppage from 3pm–7pm); and Friday, May 27th. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Work stoppages planned for next weekend have been called off

PSEU general secretary  Tom Geraghty: told conference since 2009 there had been a greater centralisation of decisions on pay and conditions of staff across the 300,000-strong public service. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Public Service Executive Union delegates back motion to merge with Impact and CPSU

A dispute at Tesco  centres on proposals by the retailer to move staff employed before 1996 to a different contract introduced for personnel taken on after that date. File photograph: Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images

Retailer signals it will attend conciliation conference at WRC in bid to resolve row

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohue  said he hoped that Siptu would respond to Transdev and that further channels will be opened where the dispute can be resolved. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Union rejects idea that members only ‘part-performing’ contracts of employment

ESB workers repairing lines: about 6,000 staff would be affected by the proposal, which includes pay rises being delivered within 16 months of it being agreed. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Lump-sum payment may be the one that raises eyebrows in industrial circles

Government buildings employees and members of the CPSU protesing over the introduction of the pension levy in 2009. The union says pay restoration ‘will have to be accelerated’ against the backdrop of a growing economy. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Mid-ranking officials says staff cannot wait until 2018 for next phase of restored pay

The new proposal would see staff at ESB receive 2.75 per cent from this month and a further 2.75 per cent in August 2017 as well as a lump sum of €2,750. Photograph: Thinkstock

Proposal following negotiations with unions apply to about 6,000 staff

 Transdev Luas drivers  have been told by the company it reserves the right to recover the costs of the dispute from staff engaging in industrial action. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Transdev serves staff with protective notice and says it may seek to recoup dispute costs

Luas staff have said that increases set out in the Workplace Relations Commission were insufficient.

Transdev tells workers it reserves right to recovers cost of strikes

WRC director general  Kieran Mulvey said the Lansdowne Road accord may have to be ‘revisited’ if gardaí, teachers or nurses cannot be recruited because of pay.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Employers group concerned at ‘draconian’ proposals in wake of Clerys closure

Changes to rosters could affect  gardaí qualifying for these allowances and could hit their overall earning. Photograph: Frank Miller

Representative groups have placed great store in forthcoming Garda pay review

The Department of Justice has proposed fundamental reform of existing Garda pay arrangements in a bid to facilitate more flexible rosters and cut overtime spending. File photograph:  Collins Photos

Government suggests reform in order to facilitate rosters and cut overtime spending

A further series of Luas work stoppages have been planned  for May. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Siptu says company escalating dispute and warns of ballot for all-out strike

 Former workers at Clerys  protest outside the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation in Kildare street, Dublin. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Major new protections for workers are among proposals in new labour study

File photograph: Getty Images

Government wants to stick with the Lansdowne Road agreement, Watt claims

Iarnród Éireann posted on its website on Saturday morning advising customers using services to and from Heuston and using all connecting services to re-check their times before travelling over the weekend.

Line works affecting services to Westport, Galway, Limerick, Cork and Waterford

Siptu argued  Mr Mulvey had displayed bias against Luas workers in comments made in an interview on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland programme yesterday and should resign. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Luas staff are to stage work stoppages this weekend in dispute over pay and conditions

Director general of the HSE Tony O’Brien had told the PAC that St Vincent’s Private Hospital had “a parasitic dependence on the adjacent State-funded public hospital”. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

HSE and St Vincent’s disagreed over executive pay, governance and consultants’ rights

Siptu president Jack O’Connor. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Analysis: Public dispute between Jack O’Connor and Kieran Mulvey is unprecedented

Kieran Mulvey s aid he did not see there was any reason why he should resign.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Jack O’Connor urged Workplace Relations Commission head to quit over Luas comments

Luas operator Transdev has indicated to staff that if the current wave of strikes continues, the company may have to look at cuts to expenditure rather than pay rises.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

Siptu says ‘implied threat’ from company will not help bring pay dispute to an end

Gardaí will begin balloting this week on proposed roster changes. File photograph: Collins Photos

Garda Representative Association urges members to back new arrangement

In a recent ballot members ofthe TUI voted by 85 per cent to 15 per cent in favour of industrial action up to and including strike action over the concerns at the merger proposals. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Industrial action to commence next week in wake of ballot where 85% for industrial action

Conference heard that in 2014 eighteen lecturing hours in Tralee Institute of Technology (above) were divided into 17 contracts among 10 staff members

Union estimates 50% of teachers aged below 35 on part-time or temporary arrangement

Iarnród Éireann has said it is postponing plans to introduce a higher-frequency, 10-minute Dart service in Dublin due to ‘intransigence’ from trade unions.  File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

Iarnród Éireann postpones plan to raise Dart frequency citing union ‘intransigence’

Young teachers have been  hit by lower pay rates introduced in 2011 and the scrapping of allowances for qualifications in 2012. Photograph: Jason Lee/Reuters

New entrant teachers to lose €300,000 over career due to pay cuts, conference hears

The Government had indicated that the national children’s hospital, planned for the campus of St James’s Hospital in Dublin, could cost about €650m

Higher build costs due to inflation in construction sector cited in confidential briefings

The backdrop to potential industrial conflict in schools is that the ASTI and the TUI rejected the new Lansdowne Road agreement on public service pay

Teacher grievances include low pay for new entrants, underfunding and casualisation

General secretary of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland John MacGabhann said: “We will talk [to the department] but will also carry a big stick.” Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

Union general secretary John MacGabhann says young teachers treated as ‘galley slaves’

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