Siptu president Jack O’Connor has called for a new left-wing government and pay increases. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Ibec says trade union’s statement is reckless, foolish and detached from economic reality

Siptu chief Jack O’Connor: Trade union movement is ‘back on the offensive’ to regain ground lost by workers during the recession.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Union chief Jack O’Connor signals campaign to seek €11.45 per hour minimum living wage

The HSE has asked its internal audit unit to examine the process under which staff who were in acting positions were “regularised” into higher grades. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

HSE seeks to examine process of ‘regularising’ acting staff to higher grades

The Irish Hospital Consultants Association has said that the Government’s new pay proposals for hospital consultants will fail to attract urgently-needed  high calibre  doctors. File  photograph: Hugh Macknight/PA Wire.

Irish Hospital Consultants Association says Government plans will fail to attract talent

Doctors who are members of the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) have voted to accept revised pay proposals for consultants working in public hospitals. Photograph: Getty Images.

Irish Medical Organisation backs revised pay deal by margin of 60% to 40%

Vhi is to cut the cost of seven of its plans by 3 per cent.

Move which will apply from March is a sign spiralling health insurance prices have eased

 Mary Lou McDonald of Sinn Fein is disappointed and concerned at the development. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

McDonald says mechanism to investigate claims must be found by Government

Civil servant Gerry Ryan had sent members of the committee a dossier several weeks ago setting out the allegations

Civil servant has made allegations of tax evasion against former senior politicians

Patricia King and outgoing General Secretary David Begg in Dublin. King was a lead negotiator in the talks with the Government that led to both the Croke Park and the Haddington Road agreements. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Unions face having to meet expectations of members as economy improves

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