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’

Both second-level unions also will consider motions this week calling for ballots for industrial action to secure equal pay for teachers recruited after 2011. Photograph: The Irish Times

Lack of action on salaries, conditions and reform may lead to industrial relations chaos

Gerry Quinn TUI president: “We are hearing with increasing frequency that schools are struggling to attract new teachers in certain subject areas.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Education union urges end to two-tier pay structure as graduates are put off teaching

Thousands of people in Dublin will have their travel plans disrupted on Easter Monday due to further strike action by staff operating the Luas light rail system.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Tram staff plan further stoppages for next weekend in dispute over pay and conditions

Luas driver Richard McCarthy: “Luas drivers fought hard for five years to reduce shift duration to nine hours maximum to combat driver fatigue.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Luas driver and Siptu steward Richard McCarthy not surprised at ‘divisive’ proposals

Siptu officials, with Willie Noone, announcing the result of the ballot of Luas drivers: planned strikes on Easter Sunday and Monday will now go ahead. Four other strikes are scheduled for April. Further stoppages are also likely. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Rejection of proposals suggests Luas dispute could escalate into conflict of attrition

Luas drivers rejected the Workplace Relations Commission proposals by 99%. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

No service Sunday or Monday and future action may run to four days each month

Siptu officials including Willie Noone (centre) announce a decision by members working on the Luas light rail system not to accepted a pay deal which will result in further strike action. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Union says there is a complete breakdown in trust between drivers and management

The Irish pharmaceutical industry has expressed concern about negotiating a new deal on drug costs with a caretaker government. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

IPHA says negotiating a deal on costs with the caretaker Government will be difficult

There is growing liklihood that Luas staff are set to reject a proposed new pay deal drawn up last week in a bid to resolve an on-going industrial dispute at the company. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Decision by Siptu members could lead to further strikes over Easter weekend

A Labour Court hearing on a pay claim by Dublin Bus commenced on Wednesday morning. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Union argues bus workers’ salaries have fallen behind those of Luas staff

In many sectors falling union membership, advances in technology or competition have reduced workers’ leverage. Photograph: Getty Images

Expectations in public and private sectors could cause headaches for next government

Unions have already conducted ballots of members for strike action in the event of the company introducing new timetables for the higher-frequency Dart service without agreement .Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Irish Rail to go ahead with new service in move that could lead to strike action

Dr Omar Hassan Khalafalla Mohamed was found guilty in January by a Medical Council fitness-to-practise inquiry of 28 counts of poor performance and six counts of professional misconduct. File photograph: Dave Meehan

Dr Omar Hassan Khalafalla Mohamed misconduct case highlights flaws - report

 The issue of pay in the State-owned CIÉ group was always going to arise this year as a period of austerity at Dublin Bus, Bus Éireann and Iarnród Éireann came to an end. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Rail workers seek 25% pay increase following cut backs and change in ‘industry norm’

The National Bus and Rail Union has submitted a pay claim for staff at Iarnród Éireann of up to 25 per cent.

NBRU says it will not co-operate with plan for 10-minute Dart service without talks on pay

 Dr Omar Hassan Khalafalla Mohamed leaving the Medical Council offices in January. He was found guilty  of 28 counts of poor professional performance and six counts of professional misconduct.  File photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Dr Omar Hassan Khalafalla found guilty of 28 counts of poor professional performance

Dr Omar Hassan Khalafalla Mohamed: Found guilty two months ago of 28 counts of poor professional performance and professional misconduct .Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Varadkar urged HSE to review employment procedures for staff moving between hospitals

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan says the planned strikes will damage students’ interests. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

ASTI stoppage plans over junior cycle reform could close up to 500 schools in autumn

The National Bus and Railworkers’ Union said its members would be seeking a similar deal as Luas drivers.

Luas drivers to get 18.7% rise over three years as St Patrick’s Day strike action cancelled

 TUI and  ASTI members picket   during the 2014 teachers’ strike. Second-level teachers have warned of strikes in the autumn if the ongoing dispute over proposed changes to the junior cycle is not resolved. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Unions warn of industrial action if the row over junior cycle reform is not resolved

The Luas Red Cow Depot in Clondalkin, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Staff to ballot on proposals arising from 27 hours of discussions at the Workplace Relations Commission

 IMO president Dr Ray Walley said the health budget for this year was inadequate.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

IMO says health budget this year is insufficient and faces overrun of up to €500m

Luas strike:  Commuters take to the tracks and walk along the Luas line at Ranelagh. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Luas drivers and Transdev representatives in talks at Workplace Relations Commission

Ibec said the minimum wage in Ireland was 7 per cent higher than in the UK and there was no justification for any increase. Photograph: The Irish Times

Ibec warns Brexit could lead to major growth in gap between UK and Irish minimum wage

Confidential letter to Department of Health warned funding wouldn’t meet costs of service plan. Photograph: Dara MacDonaill

Irish health service overran its budget by at least €23 million in January

Fine Gael  and Fianna Fáil will intensify talks with Independents and smaller parties this week to secure support for either Enda Kenny or Micheál Martin’s candidacy for taoiseach. Photographs: The Irish Times

Next administration may face €300m-€500m shortfall in HSE budget

Talks will get underway on Monday aimed at resolving a potential industrial dispute on Dublin’s Dart service. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Iarnród Éireann faces possible industrial action as efforts continue to avert tram strike

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe has described the move by Luas operator Transdev to bring in private buses for passengers during a strike by staff on St Patrick’s Day as ‘an exceptional fall-back measure’. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Paschal Donohoe addresses Transdev’s controversial plan for replacement service

 Luas trams parked up as striking Transdev Luas drivers form a picket line at Sandyford terminus. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

NBRU slams tram operator Transdev over plan to use buses during stoppage

Siptu has said that picketing by Luas staff on St Patrick’s Day will be peaceful and within the law. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Siptu claims it will not block replacement buses organised by tram operator Transdev

A file image from last month  of striking Transdev Luas drivers.  The question now is   how will Siptu, which represents Luas staff, respond to a decision by the company to provide buses on St Patrick’s Day  when the Luas drivers will be on strike. Photograph: The Irish Times

Analysis: Luas drivers are likely to view development as an attempt at strike breaking

Luas Strike Commuters take to the tracks and walk along the Luas line at Ranelagh. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

WRC talks aimed at averting further strikes broke down earlier this week

Gardaí are to vote on proposed changes to their rosters. File photograph: Getty Images

Garda Representative Association announces ballot on new working time agreement

The average pay increase anticipated for this year is about 2.8 per cent.  Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Half of all private companies plan wage rises this year

Luas commuters take to the tracks and walk along the Luas line at Ranelagh during the strike on February 18th. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Transdev says public, business the ‘losers’ due to action which union says unavoidable

Striking Luas drivers at the Sandyford depot. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Analysis: Industrial row is the result of factors dating back to establishment of service

Siptu’s Owen Reidy  said the earliest an all-out strike could go ahead would be in five weeks. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Union says company will not engage with drivers and traffic supervisors to resolve the pay dispute

Siptu divisional organiser Owen Reidy has said Luas drivers and traffic supervisors would now look at scheduling further strike dates.  File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Dispute at light rail system set to escalate as Siptu says company would only talk to two grades

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland has made a six- figure settlement with the Revenue Commissioners in relation to an outstanding tax liability. File photograph: Ian Waldie/Getty Images

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland agrees deal over outstanding tax liability

Under the agreement nurses in emergency departments are to receive an extra two days of leave in 2016 and 2017. Photograph: Alan Betson

Agreement with nurses provided for additional leave and promotional posts

Luas staff have proposed calling off a planned strike scheduled for next Tuesday Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Management and staff agree to negotiations at Workplace Relations Commission on Monday

Company plans to introduce rosters for a 10 minute service next month

 Further strike action at Luas is scheduled for March 8th and March 17th, St Patrick’s Day. Photograph: Collins

Talks aimed at resolving the row were called off by Workplace Relations Commission

Joe Carey TD with Pat Breen TD at the Co Clare General Election count in the Falls Hotel, Ennistymon. Photograph: Eamon Ward

Clare: Fourth TD elected of four

Pat Breen and Joe Carey of Fine Gael; Timmy Dooley of Fianna Fáil and Michael McNamara of Labour.

The story of the election here is the strong performance of local GP and independent candidate Michael Harty

Commuters take to the tracks and walk along the Luas line at Ranelagh during the Luas strike. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Management accuses staff of taking unofficial action with excessive levels of toilet breaks

The site of the proposed National Children’s Hospital, at St James’s Hospital, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Impact union members take action over proposal to charge staff €500 for car parking

The new arrangement will set student nurse rates at 70 per cent of the first point of the staff nurses incremental pay scale. Up to 1,400 student nurses are expected to benefit from the new arrangements.

Insufficient money in health budget to meet €4m cost of new agreement

Luas commuters take to the tracks and walk along the Luas line at Ranelagh during the strike on February 18th. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Further strikes planned for March 8th and St Patrick’s Day as staff seek pay increases

CWU organiser Ruairi Creaney said the dispute was about ‘dignity and respect in the workplace’.

A dozen workers picket outside large industrial centre over conditions

ASTI may well be on a collision course with government over pay and productivity reforms, along with changes to the junior cycle. Photograph: The Irish Times

Move could deepen opposition to reform agenda and lead to closure of schools

Transdev managing director Gerry Madden said if Siptu did revise its claim substantially the new talks at the Workplace Relations Commission stood a chance of succeeding. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times.

Siptu warns Luas row could ‘fester and escalate’

In September 2007 there were 41 people at director/chief executive level in the HSE, voluntary hospitals and agencies. By October 2012 this had fallen to 25 and increased to 27 in December 2014. File photograph: Getty Images

Levels employed fell off after economic crash - but numbers have now effectively recovered

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe said he hoped the Luas talks would go happen on a ‘reasonable basis’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Separate talks to try and solve bitter pay dispute will begin on Wednesday

A €10 million deal on rural GP allowances has been  arrived at days before Government TDs in Clare and Mayo, including Taoiseach Enda Kenny, face strong electoral challenges from two rural doctor candidates. File photograph: Getty Images

Pay increases for student nurses also approved just days before Election 2016

Luas depot at the Red Cow Roundabout in Clondalkin, Dublin. File  photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Transdev threatens legal action over ‘personal needs breaks’ in letter to Siptu

Pay rates for student nurses are to be increased from the beginning of March under a new deal agreed between the Government and nursing unions.

Pay will now be at 70 per cent of the first point of the staff nurses incremental pay scale

Luas Strike Commuters take to the tracks and walk along the Luas line at Ranelagh.Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Siptu says it will take ‘effort and compromise’ from both sides to solve bitter pay dispute

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