Entrance to St James’s Hospital, Dublin. File photograph: Google Street View

Siptu says decision due in coming days on date and duration of strike action

The strike will close both Luas lines today and tomorrow, affecting 90,000 commuters. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Industrial relations climate worsens with teachers and 999 call workers taking action

Steve Fitzpatrick, general secretary of the CWU, said members working in the 999 call service “have taken this decision [to strike] reluctantly but in the knowledge that they have exhausted every other avenue available to them”. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Office in Navan to close for 12 hours but others in Ballyshannon, Dublin to remain open

Tasks previously carried out by doctors which will be taken over by nurses are first dose medication, IV cannulation, phlebotomy and delegated discharge. File photograph: Getty Images

Such ‘twilight payments’ had been abolished via 2013 Haddington Road pay agreement

Luas driver and Siptu shop steward Richard McCarthy says salary scales up to about €42,000 after nine years do not reflect the responsibility of the job. Photograph: Eric Luke

Staff plan two-day strike over pay and work conditions following unsuccessful talks

Conduit Global said the trade union was seeking to disrupt the emergency call service as part of a ‘self-serving’ move to gain bargaining recognition. Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

Workers vote to strike in dispute over pay and union recognition

The dispute at Luas centres on demands by staff for improved termsand conditions. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Up to 90,000 people will be affected by two-day stoppages

HSE director general Tony O’Brien said 358 additional HSE staff were recruited in December 2015 alone. File photograph: Getty Images

Confidential memo by HSE chief Tony O’Brien warns rate of hiring cannot continue

Brendan Howlin: he said Government departments and agencies would receive greater autonomy to manage their staffing as part of public service reforms

New recruitment rules in HSE again raise the issue of its transparency deficit

The Teachers’ Union of Ireland  has said it is deeply concerned over what it termed the precarious employment status and income poverty of new and recent entrants to the teaching profession. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Jan O’Sullivan says decision was ‘wholly unjustified and completely disproportionate’

HSE chief executive Tony O’Brien. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

HSE proposed 35% cut in elective cases despite funding increase

A file image of INMO members working at  St Vincent’s Hospital holding a  protest outside the hospital in Dublin last year.  Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

INMO members support proposal agreed in bid to avert strikes in emergency units

Operator of the Luas system, Transdev, has told staff any industrial action, including the work-to-rule and overtime ban, will lead to staff losing out on annual bonus payments of between €2,500 and €3,000. Photograph: The Irish Times

Work-to-rule and overtime ban comes ahead of two-day strike starting on Thursday

Regional authorities in Russia have instructed employees of  educational institutions to wear face masks as a prevention against the spread of swine flu. Photograph: Reuters/Ilya Naymushin

HSE says the child died last week after having contracted the flu virus H1N1

The union is look for a pay increase of between 3 per cent and 5 per cent for bus drivers, on top of the payment of a previously agreed rise of between 6 and 13 per cent. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Eight years without increase not tolerable for staff at Bus Éireann and Dublin Bus, says chief

Siptu divisional organiser Paul Bell said his union’s members were now being “victimised and marginalised”.

New talks seek to defuse row between unions over A&E proposals

Irish Congress of Trade Unions general secretary Patricia King. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Trade union charter contains commitments to living wage, fair work hours and equality

John MacGabhann (right) general secretary of the TUI at a demonstration in Blackrock, Dublin, in 2014. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times/Files

Union says any upcoming second level strike would be held during general election week

The allowance was paid to interns, senior house officers and registrars in cases where their hospitals did not provide accommodation to facilitate on-call duties.  Photograph: Hugh Macknight/PA

Concession to non-consultant doctors could cost exchequer €10m

The Health Service Executive (HSE) is now to launch a new two-week campaign aimed at encouraging people to take the flu vaccine. Photograph: Thinkstock

This year’s flu outbreak is yet to peak, with emergency department numbers up by 9%

Trade union Mandate says that under the Tesco plan supermarket staff could lose up to  €2 perhour. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Mandate says move is unjustified and unacceptable

Staff operating the 999 emergency call service have been told they must report to management before and after taking toilet breaks, a trade union has claimed. File photograph: Getty Images

Union says call operators must seek permission for bathroom breaks over seven minutes

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny  told   Fine Gael Ardfheis in City West Dublin  the election would be a choice “between a clear plan to keep the recovery going; or putting the people’s hard-won progress at risk”. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Fitzgerald will announce tougher sentences for repeat offenders at Fine Gael Ardfheis

The number of people on trolleys in hospitals across the State has been approaching record levels as the health system struggles to deal with a rise in admissions caused by flu. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

INMO: Friday sees 462 patients on trolleys in emergency units and wards awaiting beds

Staff operating the 999 emergency call answering service are planning to ballot for industrial action. Photograph: Getty Images

Staff operating 999 answering service seeking €11.50 per hour living wage

Students march past  Trinity College in protest against  fee increase and reductions in grants.  Academic staff in institutes of technology represented by the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) are to ballot for strike action over concerns about elements of new legislation being proposed by the Government. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

TUI members concerned new legislation threatens sector and working conditions

Talks aimed at averting a planned strike at the Luas light rail system in Dublin get underway at the Workplace Relations Commission on Friday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Company says pay increases sought by staff would cost company €30 million per year

Nigel Stephens, Ireland and UK chief executive of Transdev, which operates the Luas, has said employees’ existing pay, terms and conditions were generous. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Siptu says it will not defer two 48-hour work stoppages planned for February

Staff working on the Luas  in Dublin are to stage two 48-hour work stoppages next month as part of a campaign for pay increases. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Education, transport and health sectors could be affected by industrial action

A man (24) is in hospital after a shooting in Tallaght in Dublin. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Gardaí are investigating incident at Parkhill West after shots were fired from car

Complaints about cockroaches  were among those made to the Dublin Regional Homeless Executive by people it placed in hotels, bed & breakfast facilities and other emergency accommodation.  File photograph: Getty Images

Insects among issues raised by people housed by Dublin Regional Homeless Executive

Minster of State for Business and Employment Ged Nash:  planning to bring proposals on reform of contracts to Cabinet shortly. Photograph: Dave Meehan

HSE and Department of Education fear labour market proposals could add to costs

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald said burglary of a person’s home was “a heinous crime and traumatic for every victim”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

New legislation allows for consecutive sentences in bid to ‘improve safety of communities’

 Areas of concern identified by the TUI include income poverty for teachers and casualisation. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Lecturers in institutes of technology to also engage in work stoppages early next month

Train drivers are to ballot for strike action as part of a row over plans by Iarnród Éireann a 10-minute frequency Dart service. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Union opposes plans by Iarnród Éireann to introduce new rosters without agreement

Luas operator Transdev claims drivers are seeking pay rises of more than 50 per cent, which the company is not in a position to pay. Photograph: The Irish Times

Dates set for strikes are Thursday 11th, Friday 12th, Thursday 18th and Friday 19th

Sheila Nunan, INTO.  Photograph: Eric Luke/THE IRISH TIMES

Dispute centres on ban on promotions and increased workload for teachers

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: “There will be peaks and troughs for the next few weeks.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Nurses’ ‘lack of trust’ in implementation of previous proposals acknowledged

A planned strike by nurses in seven hospital emergency departments scheduled for Thursday has been deferred. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times.

INMO accepts proposals aimed at addressing overcrowding and issues with staffing levels

Irish Nurses Organisation (INO) general secretary Liam Doran. The proposed deal requires both sides to come back within a month to see if the new measures are working.

Measures agreed after 20 hours of talks aim to build confidence among nurses

HSE director general Tony O’Brien wrote to the Minister saying large voluntary teaching hospitals were in some instances “breaking the rules” in how they went about recruiting consultants. Photograph: Getty Images

Varadkar fails to fulfil pledge to eliminate extended waiting times for appointments

Luas staff are seeking pay parity with train drivers at Iarnród Éireann. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

About 90,000 passengers per day to be affected in event of industrial action

The number of patients on trolleys and on wards awaiting admission to a hospital bed stood at 423 on Friday morning. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

INMO planning work-stoppages for next week in seven emergency departments

 Minister for Health Leo Varadkar with Tony O’Brien, director general of the HSE, at St James’s Hospital, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Ministers disagree on nurses’ strike and consultants’ pay during Cabinet meeting

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar and HSE director general Tony O’Brien speak to Maureen McEvoy, from Drimnagh, about trolley numbers outside St James’s Hospital, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Minister urges INMO not to go ahead with planned work stoppages

Management at St James’s Hospital  told staff just before Christmas that the planned introduction of car parking charges was linked to the construction of the new National Children’s Hospital on its campus. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Hospital management seeking to charge staff up to €500 annually to park their car onsite

 Liam Doran, general secretary of the INMO with nurses striking last year. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

INMO members reject deal on staffing and over-crowding in emergency departments

The INMO has said that there are nearly 560 patients on trolleys in emergency departments and on wards at present. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Nearly 560 patients are waiting on trolleys in emergency departments or wards, INMO claims

The HSE is planning to appeal an Employment Appeals Tribunal  compensation award  to doctors for the failure of the HSE to pay higher salaries agreed under a revised contract seven years ago. Photograph: The Irish Times

State may face having to pay out up to €350 million in worst-case scenario

Nearly 2,000 consultants are covered by a 2008 contract under which they agreed to new work practices, restrictions on private practice, weekend work and extended rosters. File photograph: Getty Images

HSE to appeal amid concern ruling could mean compensation bills over €100m

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar is visiting six hospital emergency departments across the country on Monday to see the picture in emergency departments for himself. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation says 516 people awaiting hospital beds on Monday

 Minister of State for Business and Employment Ged Nash: ‘It is my belief that the law has not kept up with the modern day labour market.’ Photograph: Eric Luke

Minister for Business and Employment to bring proposals to Cabinet within weeks

The Association of Judges of Ireland has urged  Brendan Howlin to bring new members of the judiciary up to the higher salary scale “with immediate effect”.

Association of Judges sought ‘credit’ for those serving for morethan two years

Kieran Mulvey, one of the country’s most experienced industrial relations trouble-shooters, gave the first sign two years ago that the economic gloom was lifting, and warned that expectation would come with recovery. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times.

Teachers and gardaí resisting pact, which brings a €2,000 pay rise for many

Uncertified sick leave for public service staff was cut from seven days in any 12-month period to seven days in any two-year period. Photograph: Getty Images

Annual cost across the service which employs 300,000 staff is still almost €320m

Each maternity network should provide low intensity birth centres

Three care pathways – supported care, assisted care and specialised care

Staff at Luas are to ballot for industrial action in early January as part of a campaign to secure pay increases ranging from 28% to over 40%. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

‘Unworkable rosters’ cited as reason behind looming unrest at Luas and Iarnród Éireann

Document says HSE’s clinical programme in obstetrics/gynaecology estimates some 100 additional consultants in this area are needed

Report says plan should be implemented incrementally over number of years

Luas staff are seeking pay parity with train drivers at Iarnród Éireann. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Protracted dispute inevitable without meaningful proposals, claims Siptu official

A monthly “short hop” ticket covering rail, Dart, Dublin Bus and Luas services will cost under €220 a month. Photograph: David Sleator A spokesman for Iarnród Éireannsaid it had proposed new Dart rosters which were “entirely workable” within existing roster parameters as the company had trained up new drivers. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Iarnród Éireann wants to introduce 10-minute frequency Dart services in January

The report of an independent mediator has recommended that there should a general increase for Bank of Ireland personnel and a separate rise based on performance.

Increase will be followed by a further 2.6% in 2017

Unions representing workers in the private sector should be in a position to seek pay rises of between 2.5 per cent and 5 per cent next year, the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (Ictu) has said.

Congress says unions should ‘give consideration’ to introduction of €11.50 living wage

The National Association of GPs has called for GPs in rural and deprived urban areas to have the option of becoming State employees.

Health body also wants family doctors to have the option of becoming State employees

The Department of Public Expenditure  said the analysis should look at how health services could be delivered

New plan should show how inefficiencies will be eliminated or scaled back

Orkambi, a new  drug for treating cystic fibrosis, is likely to be made available to those patients who will benefit from it, an expert has said. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Orkambi has been described as a ‘game changer’ by health campaigners

The Indecon report noted that the evidence suggested a strong case for backing expanded primary care services. Photograph: Getty Images

Report calls for incentives aimed at medics but rules out role for ‘passive investors’

Staff at Bus Éireann are to ballot on industrial action due to concerns over the future of the Expressway service. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

NBRU is concerned new plan for company will be announced after general election

The Garda Representative Association has said a new police service allowance should be established “to compensate for the special disadvantages associated with police life”. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Rank-and-file gardaí seek pay rise as part of review process under Haddington Road deal

The HSE needed a €600m supplementary estimate this year after overrunning its budget. Photograph: Getty Images

Hospital building plans and new initiatives could be deferred to pay for the overspend

Director general of the HSE Tony O’Brien. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Savings of €110m envisaged through ‘targeted reduction’ in prescribing and drug costs

A protest rally over health cuts in 2013. Ministers were concerned that the 2016 service plan could be misinterpreted by the Opposition in the run-up to the general election as a return to the days of cuts. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

HSE envisaged 125,000 fewer medical cards but Cabinet feared figure may be misinterpreted

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin was strongly critical of the figures put forward by Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Withholding of pay increments for staff put forward as savings option by executive

INMO general secretary Liam Doran said waiting lists are likely to get longer if a new deal with emergency department nurses is agreed. Photograph: The Irish Times

Agreement which led to strike being averted will provide additional leave and promotions

The deal reached on Monday night which averted a threatened strike by emergency department nurses is already being closely scrutinised by other public service groups.

One specific issue will be the provision of additional leave for nurses working in emergency units in hospitals

Greater accountability: Minister for Health Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister tells Cabinet the Health Service Executive is too large and too remote

Tony O’Brien, director general of the HSE. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The lion’s share of funds are needed just to maintain existing service levels

A  strike by nurses in hospital emergency departments planned for Tuesday has been averted.

Last-minute deal agreed with new proposals to be the subject of a future ballot

Train drivers who are members of the National Bus and Rail Union (NBRU) have voted by a significant margin to accept Labour Court proposals aimed at resolving a row over past productivity at Ianród Éireann.

NBRU warns against unilateral move to increase frequency of Darts in the New Year

HSE said the country’s public acute hospital system needed investment of more than €465 million next year. Photograph: Thinkstock

HSE describes report by Department of Public Expenditure and Reform as ‘misleading’

Department of Health concerned at findings in nursing board report

Varadkar puts new reform proposals to Medical Council

The roster is built around gardaí working six consecutive days of 10 hours followed by four days off duty.

Garda Inspectorate suggests arrangement negatively affects crime investigation

The authors of the report said that information on real drug prices was scarce. Photograph: PA Wire

Global study also notes dramatic increase in the price of cancer drugs in recent years

A building site in Co Wicklow. Ictu says there are no adequate controls to ensure all 27,600 sole traders operating in the construction sector were legitimate. Photograph: The Irish Times

Ictu says numbers of bogus self-employed rose rapidly because system was not policed

Robert Watt, the secretary general of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform said the current system of pay for Civil Servants is too hierarchical. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

System is ‘too hierarchical’ says secretary general of Department of Public Expenditure

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has told the Dáil the emergency department in University Hospital Galway is not fit for purpose. Photograph: The Irish Times

Taoiseach says staff there are working in one of the most inadequate facilities in country

Leo Varadkar said that the Cabinet had on Wednesday signed off on a supplementary estimate of € 665 million for the HSE for 2015. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Varadkar says supplementary estimate to cover issues such as free GP care

 Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin who has signed an order which will provide for pay increases for about 300,000 staff in the public service. Photograph: The Irish Times

Howlin signs order granting pay rises but groups opposed to Lansdowne Road may lose out

Irish Water defends payments for legal, audit, IT and financial services.

About 50 payments totalling €740,000 were made to the legal firm A&L Goodbody

 For larger hospitals, this threshold would mean ensuring no more than 12 patients are on trolleys daily. File photograph: Frank Miller

Maximum acceptable number of people on trolleys over coming winter set to be 236

 Central Bank, Dame Street: said it had received legal advice to the effect that the payments complied with the emergency legislation

Department of Public Expenditure not asked to sanction payments

Former minister for finance Brian Lenihan  at Government Buildings, Dublin. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Brian Lenihan’s memos chart ‘very grave’ situation in days leading up to troika’s arrival

The former European Central Bank (ECB) headquarters in downtown Frankfurt, Germany. File photograph: AP Photo/Bernd Kammerer

Newly released documents show State was told to borrow more from EU and IMF

Restricting the Junior Certificate examination to just Irish, English and maths, was among options considered by the then government in 2010.

Comspulsory job losses and abolition of free drug scheme on table, cabinet papers show

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan said the Central Bank is independent under the statute covering the European System of Central Banks. Photographer: Frantzesco Kangaris/Bloomberg

Retention payments are compliant with Fempi Act, bank tells Minister for Finance

Members of the AGSI voted a number of weeks ago to reject the new Lansdowne Road deal on public service pay, which the Government considers to be an extension of the previous Haddington Road deal. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

AGSI members affected by Haddington Road agreement could face freeze on increments

  INMO general secretary Liam Doran and  president Claire Mahon announcing the results of the nurses ballot. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Ballot of INMO members shows 92% favour industrial action from next month

The Central Remedial Clinic in Dublin. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Attorney General says hospitals did not act outside their powers in making payments

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin and Minister for Finance Michael Noonan. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Allowances introduced after 2010 likely to be scrapped under new proposals

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