Unite picket at Kishoge Community College in Lucan. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Unite says row over alleged under-payments to workers could escalate

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar told the Dáil, in an answer to a written parliamentary question last week, that the Health Service Executive  had recorded a net deficit of €361 million to the end of August.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Spending on agency staff up by 50 per cent

Greyhound Waste Recycling striking workers and their supporters outside the High Court in Dublin earlier this month during an application for orders preventing alleged illegal activity on the picket line. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Deal would see some staff getting redundancy and others being compensated

Unite picke at Kishoge Community College in Lucan today. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Trade union claims some bricklayers were earning less than €5 per hour

Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin: told colleagues that no one wanted to return
 public finances 
to where they were three or four years ago.

‘Leeway’ of €600m in next month’s budget, Minister tells Cabinet

Talks are to commence next month between the Government and the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) on a complete review of the State’s contract with GPs.  Photograph: Hugh Macknight/PA Wire

IMO and Government to look at scope, content and fee structure to apply

David Begg, general secretary of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions David Begg is to retire. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Congress leader to step down in March

The National Transport Authority  has determined that tendering about 10 per cent of  Dublin Bus or Bus Éireann’s routes represents little threat to the firms’ overall operations.

Unions warns move could lead to industrial action

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: said savings could “sometimes be illusory. If you then end up plugging gaps in the service through agency staff, it can actually cost more in some cases”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne.

Minister says meeting Government targets would require compulsory redundancies

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