Public sector unions are likely to argue that the Government report does not take account of the 2009 pension levy. Photograph: iStock

Government report says cost of paying pensions to retired staff now €3.3 billion

Senior Government figures anticipate public servants receiving an annual pay rise of around 2 per cent over three years. File photograph: iStockPhoto

Public sector pensions now cost €3.3bn, new Government report reveals

IMO president Dr Ann Hogan  blamed ‘fake news’ and social media for a significant decline in take up of cancer-protecting HPV vaccination amongst young girls. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Health Minister says it’s time to ‘take on the scaremongers’ who are misinforming people

Consultants: “It is really frustrating for us as I am sure they are terribly expert at what they do but what they are not expert at is healthcare provision.”

Irish Medical Organisation says number of consultants resigning is increasing

Prior to the economic crash, public service staff were entitled to six months’ sick leave on full pay, followed by six months on half pay. In 2014 that was reduced to three months on full pay followed by three months on half pay. File photograph: iStockPhoto

PSEU conference hears some staff forced back to work prematurely over financial stress

Under  current proposals, the PSEU and the CPSU, which both have about 10,000 members - largely in the Civil Service - would join together with Impact, which has about 60,000 members across the wider public service. File photograph: iStockPhoto

‘Super union’ of PSEU, CPSU and Impact would have 80,000 members in public service

Delegates during the PSEU annual conference at the Clayton Hotel, Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

PSEU to seek pay restoration and end to requirement to work additional hours

Above, a file photo of a Psychiatric Nurses Association protest in 2013. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Nurses seek pay parity with therapy-grade staff in health service

TUI president Joanne Irwin at the union’s annual conference. Photograph: Tommy Clancy

TUI advocates say ballot plan will put ‘fire in belly’ of negotiators in forthcoming talks

 Catherine Greene, Michelle Greene and Keith Conway from Wicklow  at the TUI  conference   in Cork city. Photograph:  Daragh McSweeney/Provision

Strict deadlines could hamper prospect of securing new overall pay agreement

Joanne Irwin said it was an urgent issue as teachers are being attracted to other careers or countries, and there is a shortage of teachers in some subjects.  Photograph: Mark Stedman/RollingNews.ie

Accelerated €1,000 rise this month was only step in right direction, says TUI president

General secretary of the TUI John MacGabhann advised delegates to ‘pause before you press’. Photograph:  Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Union says some members have risked their employment over social media comments

TUI general secretary John MacGabhann also reiterated the union’s concern about proposed new legislation to establish technological universities. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

Annual conference hears move would yield €550million for embattled sector

The Fine Gael-Labour coalition introduced in 2011 new lower salary rates for chief executives appointed to commercial State companies following the economic crash. Photograph: Getty Images

‘Discontent’ in some firms at policy not to pay performance-related bonuses

The Association of Secondary Teachers of Ireland have suffered after reputiating the Lansdowne Road agreement, while the Teachers’ Union of Ireland and the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation have benefited from pay increments. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Unions under pressure to dismantle two-tier pay gap and achieve full pay restoration

Busáras in Dublin during the Bus Éireann strike. Monday marks day 18 of the industrial action. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Siptu official says all sides want to resolve dispute when talks resume on Monday

Busáras in Dublin remains empty as the Bus Éireann strike continues. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Sources describe the Workplace Relations Commission negotiations as ‘challenging’

 Busáras in Dublin. The Bus Éireann strike has halted all services with exception of school buses. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Talks process at the Workplace Relations Commission described as ‘slow’

 Eoin Ronayne, general secretary of the Civil Public & Services Union: lower-paid clerical staff remained up to €2,000 a year out of pocket on foot of cuts imposed following the economic crash. Photograph: Eric Luke

CPSU wants added hours removed by June and ‘real pay rises’ in talks with Government

Eoin Ronayne of the  Civil Public and Services Union: those earning up to €38,000 will have to be lifted out of austerity-era cuts. Photograph: Eric Luke

Austerity-era cuts have left some staff up to €2,000 poorer, Civil Service forum to hear

Direct negotiations between Bus Éireann unions and management, as well as talks mediated by officials of the Workplace Relations Commission, took place on Thursday. Photograph: Alan Betson

Pickets remain in place at Bus Éireann depots as talks continue

The NBRU and Siptu say the strike at Bus Éireann will  continue    while talks on resolving the dispute at the company  will continue at the Workplace Relations Commission. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Unions insist pickets not to be stopped amid talks at Workplace Relations Commission

Bus Eireann, around Busaras in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

NBRU and Siptu insist pickets will not be lifted while new negotiations are underway

 NBRU General Secretary Dermot O’Leary, speaking to Striking Bus Eireann workers near Leinster House. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Bus Éireann has clocked up €1.3m in fines so far because of strike

The scene at Ringsend garage last Friday as Dublin Bus workers stopped work in support of their Bus Éireann colleagues. Photograph: Frank Miller

NBRU and Siptu bosses claim convening of new talks would not end industrial action

Members of the ASTI on strike at Beneavin De La Salle College, Dublin, last year. Further industrial action looms following the union’s plan to ballot members  over potential redundancies.  Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

More disruption at second level looms as prospect of further strike action re-emerges

 NBRU members on strike at the Broadstone Depot, Phibsboro, Dublin last week. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimon

CIE warns it plans to seek potentially millions in compensation from National Bus and Rail Union

Bus Éireann staff protest outside Leinster House. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Dermot O’Leary says dispute can take on momentum of its own and it can be ‘difficult to hold line’

The department said its proposed that new legislation would also seek “to ensure that employees are better informed about the nature of their employment arrangements and their core terms”.

Ictu says proposed legislation will ban zero-hour contracts and include extra rights

Bus Éireann workers picketing outside Busaras, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Services operating as normal this morning but some employees may join in protest later

Bus Éireann workers picketing outside Busáras, Dublin on Monday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Some 100,000 passengers to be affected as strike at bus company enters fifth day

“Although the salary has a large part to play in these issues, anecdotal evidence suggests that it is not always competitive with the Irish private sector packages in terms of pay, pension and additional extras, eg healthcare, pension contributions”

Key State agencies warn of difficulties in securing specialist personnel

Bus Éireann said  it was gravely concerned that losses continued to accelerate, and that the company’s financial troubles were being exacerbated by the strike. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Bus Éireann board unable to sign off on accounts or agree budget for 2017

Bus Éireann staff outside Busáras in Dublin during the strike over the implementation of cost reduction measures. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Bus Éireann directors due to meet on Monday to discuss voluntary redundancy scheme

Bus Éireann staff outside Broadstone depot in Dublin: Unions have criticised Minister for Transport Shane Ross for refusing to intervene in the dispute. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Protests planned for Wednesday could draw in Dublin Bus and Iarnród Éireann workers

Bus Éireann workers Leona White (left) from Finglas and Ailish Delaney from Clonsilla picketing outside the Broadstone bus  depot in  Dublin as part of an indefinite all-out strike over the company’s implementation of cost-reduction measures without union agreement. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Company likely to propose 300 job losses under voluntary redundancy scheme

NBRU members picket at Bus Éireann’s Broadstone depot in  Phibsboro, Dublin on Friday morning. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Company’s efficiency reforms include demand that drivers use fuel-saving technology

Michael Peakin, NBRU Branch Secretary outside Busarus this morning. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

Over 100,000 bus passengers affected while Irish Rail routes are cancelled

Five trade unions, representing the 2,600 staff at Bus Éireann, announced the strike after a three-hour meeting on Thursday. Photograph: The Irish Times

Over 100,000 passengers facing travel disruption, including 1,500 schoolchildren

   About 1,500 children who travel to school daily under the school transport programme using regular Bus Éireann services will also be hit by the dispute. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Potential for ‘contagion’ with Iarnród Éireann and Dublin Bus becoming involved

Unions have warned previously that any strike at Bus Éireann could spread to rail services and Dublin Bus. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Concerns the strike could quickly spread to Iarnrod Éireann and Dublin Bus

WRC director general Oonagh Buckley: “We are second to none in terms of voluntary dispute resolution.” Photograph: Colm Mahady/Fennell

Workplace Relations Commission says 75% of complaints now heard within five months

Minister for Transport Shane Ross repeated that he would not become involved in Bus Éireann’s plan for dealing with the financial crisis at the company. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

State-owned transport company to implement cost-saving plan unilaterally

 INMO general secretary Liam Doran is to step down from the position at the end of the year. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation boss says he will retire at the end of this year

The board of Bus Éireann is to meet next Monday to consider authorising a new survival plan for the company. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times.

Officials meet Monday and must sign off on proposals before 2016 accounts are approved

Unions at Bus Éireann have warned of an all-out indefinite strike in the event of the company unilaterally imposing cuts. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

State-owned transport firm’s move is likely to increase the prospect of strikes by staff

Simon Harris:  to propose that most healthcare could  be run by new regional groups. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister expected to tell Oireachtas committee of wish to radically reduce HSE

Unite said 92 per cent of its members backed industrial action up to and including strike action in a ballot. Staff affected include laboratory staff and IT support personnel. Photograph: Alan Betson

Dispute centres over contracts for lab staff, IT support and other personnel

The GRA says there is no official occupational health programme in An Garda Síochána, and little or no collation of data relating to illness and injuries

GRA forecasts State will face major legal challenges over work-related illness and injuries

The board of Bus Éireann met on Wednesday to consider its future strategy. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Trade unions insist on ‘industry-leading’ pay terms but admit some staff may earn less

Siptu’s Willie Noone and David Lane: Noone says union members ‘never would try and justify unnecessary overtime’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Company’s management blames union ‘inflexibility’ for breakdown in the talks

Talks aimed at resolving the ongoing crisis at Bus Éireann have collapsed. Photograph: Dara MacDónaill/The Irish Times

Breakdown in discussions on firm’s financial crisis raises threat of travel disruption

The Public Service Executive Union  told the arbitration board that annual leave for the staff concerned was ‘considerably out of line with that of direct equivalents in local authorities and the health sector’.  Photograph: iStock

Government argued move would lead to productivity drop of some 9,000 days a year

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform  Pascal Donohoe told an  employment relations conference at UCD that resources remained constrained. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The  Irish Times

Donohoe says resources are constrained and he cannot make ‘reckless fiscal choices’

New talks between Bus Éireann and trade unions on a survival plan for the State-owned transport company have commenced at the Workplace Relations Commission. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Talks on survival plan for State company begin at Workplace Relations Commission

Teachers on strike at Dominican College, Griffith Avenue, Dublin  last year. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Teachers’ union says next agreement must address issues if industrial unrest to be avoided

The INMO executive council  decided to call off Tuesday’s industrial action. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Movement on hiring eases things but pay demands will be back on table in two months

The Government’s new proposals include the reintroduction of a number of allowances and the establishment of a pilot pre-retirement job-sharing scheme for nurses aged over 55

Industrial action by nurses deferred to allow for ballot on revised Government proposals

Talks get underway on Monday to try to resolve the financial crisis at Bus Éireann.

New talks aimed at resolving crisis at Bus Éireann to get underway on Monday

Liam Doran, General Secretary, with David Hughes, Deputy General Secretary and Martina Harkin-Kelly, President, at the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation meeting with Executive Council members at their office in Dublin to consider wheather planned industrial action scheduled to commence on Tuesday would go ahead. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

INMO urging members to accept new proposals ‘for strategic reasons’

Bus Éireann suggested in a confidential email to the WRC that funding could be secured to meet the cost of a voluntary redundancy scheme. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

As part of revised survival plan, move considered for voluntary redundancy scheme

More than 30,000 members of the INMO are scheduled to begin industrial action next Tuesday, which could see hospitals forced to close beds and cancel procedures for patients.

Dispute involving 35,000 INMO members would reduce services in hospitals for patients

Minister for Transport Shane Ross has again insisted he will not become involved directly in the dispute at Bus Éireann. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Taoiseach backs Minister for Transport, who denies not doing enough to solve crisis at company

Minister for Health Simon Harris has called on the INMO and health service management to immediately enter further dialogue at the Workplace Relations Commission

Some 30,000 nurses due to begin action that could see hospitals close beds from Tuesday

More than 30,000 members of the INMO are scheduled to begin industrial action next Tuesday. The move could see hospitals forced to close beds and cancel procedures for patients

Oversight body to public service deal urges binding arbitration to end dispute if needed

 There are growing fears that the Bus Éireann strike could spread to Dublin Bus and Iarnród Éireann. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Strike scheduled to go ahead from next Monday in protest at management’s survival plan

Minister for Transport Shane Ross has consistently said  it is up to the unions and Bus Éireann management to resolve the company’s financial crisis. Photograph: Dave Meehan

There is growing expectation the bus service in Dublin and trains may become involved

Bus Éireann has said the number of  services on the Dublin-Limerick (X12) route will be reduced from March.

Siptu and NBRU declare all-out strike at State bus company to begin next Monday

Siptu’s Willie Noone and David Lane: becoming clear an indefinite strike by Bus Éireann workers will soon be unavoidable.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Cuts expected to include curtailment of leasing deals and cessation of certain routes

Six million euro  will have to be found for the doctors’ accommodation allowance. Photograph: James Thomson/PA Wire

Analysis: Current unrest is a result of the Luas strike and moves on public service pay

Agreement was reached with the HSE in a dispute over a job evaluation scheme and incremental credit for support staff interns. Photograph: Eric Luke

Stoppage had been scheduled for March 7th, same day as nurses’ industrial action

Minister for Transport Shane Ross said the dispute will be resolved in a way that will ensure ‘connectivity will continue’ for passengers wherever they live. Photograph: Alan Betson

State-owned company is expected to announce soon whether it plans to cut staff pay

Anne Graham of the National Transport Authority. She  has rejected a claim there is saturation in the inter-city bus market.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

CIÉ request for increase in funding for free travel was rejected by Government

 Dermot O’Leary of the National Bus and Rail Union at the Workplace Relations Commission in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Management says company could be insolvent by May

The Government has agreed to re-introduce a €3,000 allowance for thousands of non-consultant doctors this summer. File photograph: Getty Images

Coalition agrees to restore accommodation allowance to head off court case and strike

A new review of airport capacity will look at the potential of establishing a third, privately-operated, terminal at Dublin Airport. Photograph: Kate Geraghty/The Irish Times

Shane Ross says review of capacity will consider privately-operated terminal

Last-minute talks aimed at resolving a dispute over a €3,000 allowance for non-consultant doctors are expected to get underway on Monday. Photograph: Thinkstock

High Court case on abolition of €3,000 ‘living-out’ allowance to start on Tuesday

The NBRU said it was ’fully prepared to engage in an all-out strike’.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Threats to bus services include Dublin-Clonmel, Athlone-Westport and Dublin-Derry

A strike at Bus Éireann which was due to commence next Monday was suspended by unions earlier this week. Photograph: The Irish Times

Trade unions indicate opposition to creation of ‘low-wage public transport provider’

 Tesco staff on strike at the retailer’s store in Phibsborough, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Mandate members at eight more stores join action over changes to terms of employment

The firefighters who are members of Siptu voted by 93 per cent to 7 percent in favour of strike action. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Siptu dispute over plans to reform Dublin Fire Brigade emergency medical service

Siptu health division organiser Paul Bell said: “We have received formal confirmation . . .  that our claim for the reintroduction of a job evaluation scheme for health service support staff has been vindicated.” Photograph: Eric Luke

HSE and Department of Health plan to unfold over next year in effort to avert strike

Mandate union members Laura Bennett and Louise McFarlane  on the picket line at Tesco in Finglas. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

Mandate union calls more talks positive but says solution isn’t in Labour Court decision

A strike at Bus Eireann has been suspended to allow for further talks.   File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Agreement to halt Monday’s action after talks at Workplace Relations Commission

The WRC is expected to intervene in the industrial dispute at Bus Éireann. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

WRC to intervene in dispute as action threatens to bring services to standstill

The strike by hospital support staff is scheduled to begin on  the same day that more than 30,000 nurses are due to commence industrial action in a separate dispute.

Nurses are already scheduled to begin industrial action on March 7th

Siptu has said the Dublin Bus has breached the terms of a settlement that ended a strike  last autumn. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin.

Siptu says Dublin Bus has breached terms of a settlement which ended a strike last year

The support staff involved in the strike would include porters, cleaners, healthcare assistants and security personnel

Combined industrial action by 40,000 staff expected to create widespread disruption

  The ASTI picket at Monkstown Park College in Dublin during a strike in November. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Members to maintain boycott of 33 unpaid ‘Croke Park’ hours as dispute continues

The total bill for all the proposals put forward by nurses, according to the confidential internal costings, would have been €179.19 million over a full year. File photograph: Frank Miller

Management rejected suggestions and industrial action set to begin on March 7th

Bus Éireann said absenteeism was running at about twice the national average and that associated sick payments had jumped by 24 per cent in the last fortnight.

Strike looms: Workers at CIÉ companies will support colleagues at Bus Éireann, says Siptu

Liam Doran of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Officials refuse to say whether nurses will get early salary rise if work-to-rule goes ahead

Siptu division organiser Paul Bell: “It is clear that substantial capital investment is urgently required for the construction and refurbishment of existing ambulance bases.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Siptu says investment in ambulance service must be prioritised following HSE report

A decision by nurses to take industrial action from next month is not motivated by a desire for pay increases, INMO general secretary Liam Doran has said. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Oversight group for Lansdowne Road pay deal to meet on Thursday to discuss move

 The HSE estimates   77 new emergency vehicles will be needed in the next five years. Photograph: Alan Betson

Most ambulance stations suffering from low maintenance budgets, assessment warns

Prof Fergal Malone: the master of the Rotunda maternity hospital says equipment is being used there every day that is more than a 10 years old

Rotunda one of many facilities in need of investment, with executive seeking €322m

Bus Éireann management has written to unions at the company seeking talks aimed at resolving the firm’s financial crisis.  File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Company management aims to resolve row over cuts ahead of planned all-out strike

File image of INMO members protesting outside Leinster House in Dublin. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

INMO members will no longer work overtime, will not cross-cover for other absent staff

The Irish Hospital Consultants’ Association says “It is widely acknowledged that the cost of an agency consultant can be up to twice the usual consultant’s salary and up to three times the reduced new entrant consultant’s salary.” Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA

Irish Hospital Consultants’ Association claims overreliance on temporary staff

Siptu organiser Paul Bell said it seemed ‘more than likely’ that the union  would ballot its nurse members for strike action over staff recruitment and retention difficulties in the health service. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

INMO already has mandate for industrial action over staffing levels in hospitals

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