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

Staff working in nine Tesco stores across the State are to stage an indefinite strike from next Tuesday.  Photograph: Luke MacGregor/Reuters.

Union announces indefinite action at outlets in Dublin, Wicklow, Offaly, Kerry, Meath, Sligo and Longford

The Psychiatric Nurses’ Association says its members should be given subsidised accommodation and higher pay as part of an effort to tackle recruitment and retention difficulties in the health service. File photograph: Getty Images

Association wants subsidised accommodation and other assistance for nurses

The Government had proposed recruiting up to 1,200 nurses this year as part of a funded workforce plan.

Union says management needs to radically improve existing proposals

Talks over pay increases for Iarnród Éireann staff at the Workplace Relations Commission have ended without agreement. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Row between rail company and unions over salary rises is to be referred to Labour Court

Nursing pressure: This is the first time that the public acknowledgement of a labour shortage has been made by the Government. Photograph: Getty

Some 1,200 nurses could be hired after Government recognises staff shortage

Nurses voted several weeks ago for industrial action including work stoppages in a bid to force the Government to improve recruitment and retention of staff. Photograph: Frank Miller

Industrial action threatened by medical staff as remuneration remains issue in healthcare

Dublin Bus workers on a picket line last September 23rd. The NBRU may announce a ballot for further strike action if agreed-on pay increases are not made pensionable, it said. Photograph: Alan Betson

Talks on Iarnród Éireann staff pay will begin as Bus Éireann workers prepare to strike

 Minister for Public Expenditure, Paschal Donohoe  says that Ministers should set out their highest priority policy proposals for the 2018 budget by March 16th. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Donohoe warns Cabinet new pay deal and housing plan will eat into available funding

Bus Éireann buses in Busáras, Dublin. The company faces losing up to €125,000 per day in State funding if a planned all-out strike by staff goes ahead. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Bus company may forfeit thousands in State aid if unions proceed with all-out action

Staff at Bus Éireann are to stage an indefinite all-out strike from February 20th if management imposes planned cuts to staff earnings. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Bus Éireann staff to stage all-out action as ASTI rejects deal in industrial dispute

Association of Secondary Teachers of Ireland members take part in a strike over a pay dispute in Dublin, last November. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland and Bus Éireann set for future disturbances

Minister for Transport Shane Ross says  a strike at Bus Éireann would be “very damaging to the travelling public, the workforce, rural communities and the company itself”

Unions representing 2,600 workers say plans to cut earnings must be withdrawn

The Irish Medical Organisation says new rules limiting working hours have resulted in earnings for non-consultant doctors falling on average by 46 per cent. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA

IMO to say money offered to doctors in Ireland rates badly in English-speaking world

Shane Ross is  expected to again rule out State funding for Expressway coach services. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Government will facilitate talks between unions and Bus Éireann to tackle crisis

Bus Éireann is  forecasting losses of €9m  for last year and plans  highly controversial cuts to staff earnings from February 20th. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

CIÉ holding group rejected three of the firm's reform plans

Siptu president Jack O’Connor: he urged parties and organisations on the left of Irish and European politics to put forward strategies that could reverse austerity and reinstate workers’ rights

Policies of austerity have driven people into the arms of xenophobic nationalist parties, says Jack O’Connor

Bus Éireann is to unilaterally implement cost-saving actions from Monday, February 20th, in a move which is likely to lead to industrial action in the company.

Unions prepared ‘to engage in battle’ over move which management says is necessary

Minister for Transport Shane Ross: has insisted he will not personally become involved in the Bus Éireann crisis and it is a matter for unions and management to resolve.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Unions warn of industrial action if company imposes cuts without agreement

 Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe: said  the Government would “vigorously defend” any further legal actions by consultants. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Paschal Donohoe refuses to reveal details of two cases settled with doctors last year

Siptu said it was not sustainable for Minister for Transport Shane Ross to maintain his position that it is up to Bus Eireann management and unions to find a resolutio. Photograph: Eric Luke

Unions urged Shane Ross to set up a forum without preconditions to resolve financial crisis

An appeal case by the HSE was scheduled to get underway this week

Move could have implications for hundreds of senior doctors across the country

Bus Éireann’s  acting chief executive  said changes needed to be implemented “otherwise this company will not exist this time next year”.   Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Company’s chief executive warns Oireachtas committee of fallen financial reserves

Liam Doran: ‘The meeting today was very disappointing and confirmed that health service management is either unable, or unwilling, to address this crisis on both a short- and medium-term basis.’ Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

INMO says no progress made during meeting at the Workplace Relations Commission

Bus Éireann said the unions’ decision not to attend talks was “a very regrettable situation”.

Company management to appear before Oireachtas transport committee

The head of the HSE recently warned the Department of Health that there was doubt over whether “stretched” targets of €70m in savings would be delivered as planned this year

Minister says it is ‘prudent” to hold off on spending until it is clear savings targets will be realised

The dispute centres around the payment of a €3,000 accommodation allowance which was unilaterally abolished in 2012 by the then-government

Government invites IMO to new talks over €3,000 accommodation allowance

 Minister forTransport Shane Ross: must “kickstart a resolution process”. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Unions call on Minister to broker resolution, refuse Tuesday meeting with management

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