Bus Éireann management says “it remains of paramount importance that these rosters ... are introduced as planned”. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Unions say plans to implement new rosters for drivers unilaterally will be resisted

Global, regional and national health workforce demand is expected to increase in the years ahead, Minister for Health Simon Harris said. Photograph: Alan Betson

Harris launches new framework to support recruitment and retention of personnel

The Government is to publish new employment rights legislation in the coming weeks. Photograph: Getty

Mandate says thousands of workers put up with week to week income changes

The design and implementation of new Bus Éireann rosters has proved to be problematical. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill.

The NBRU warns of ballot for industrial action if drivers’ rosters are changed

Organ receiver transport: patients must present at the transplant centre in the UK within four hours of notification of a donor heart becoming available and within six hours of a liver becoming available.

State must juggle expense of night flights to England with loss of organs when available

The Irish Coast Guard: could be requested to recruit a dedicated aircrew to operate its Dublin-based helicopter at night, if available. Photograph: Liam Burke/Press 22

Air Corps or Coast guard no longer able to fly patients to UK for transplants at night-time

The three further strikes are planned for Tuesday, November 14th, the day of Ireland’s home World Cup play-off tie with Denmark; Thursday, November 23rd; and Friday, December 8th, traditionally a busy Christmas shopping day. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Irish rail staff would receive 7.5% pay increase plus €500 voucher under Labour Court recommendation

AGSI members back accord by 91 per cent to 9 per cent

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar:  will not benefit from the unwinding of pay cuts provided under the Bill for other public servants by 2022. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Bill aims to restore emergency legislation cuts for most State staff by July 2021

 Irish Rail: Unions argue that the 3,800 employees at the company have not had a pay rise in 10 years. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Unions at Irish Rail due to meet on Friday to consider expected recommendation

People attending an ASTI protest seeking equal pay for younger teachers outside Leinster House, Dublin, last year. File photograph: Eric Luke

Central executive council of ASTI vote to continue to suspend action

Striking rail workers outside Heuston train station in Dublin on Tuesday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Two 24-hour strikes in a week have caused huge disruption

Irish Rail staff are seen on a picket line outside Ceannt Station in Galway during Tuesday’s  24-hour rail strike. Photograph: PA

David Franks warns staff this dispute could damage the company and workers’ earnings

Members of the TUI and the ASTI picketing during a strike in 2014. Members of the INTO, the TUI and the ASTI have all rejected the public service pay accord. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Public servants outside pay deal face nine-month delay in salary increases

Trains sit idle on the platforms at Heuston Station, Dublin, during a second  one-day strike by Irish Rail train drivers over pay and conditions. Photograph: PA

Irish Rail warn CIÉ of the risk of a five-day strike which would cost it €1.5 million

 A deserted  Connolly Station with parked up trains  during the first of five 24-hour stoppages by Irish Rail workers on November 1st, 2017. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Tens of thousands face another day of disruption as rail staff to strike on Tuesday

Empty tracks and train platforms at the Navan Parkway station as a result of strike action by Iarnród Éireann over pay. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Tens of thousands of passengers disrupted as staff at rail firm take action over pay

Minister for Health Simon Harris: was warned that tackling the spread of superbugs in hospitals could clash with plans to deal with overcrowding in emergency departments this winter. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Oversight group to discuss national response to CPE bacteria linked to deaths in Limerick

“This dispute could escalate beyond the five strike days already planned unless a serious attempt is made to engage meaningfully with unions.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Thousands of commuters affected by first of five days of stoppages over pay claim

“We are prohibited from trade union membership, affiliation to the Irish Congress of Trade Unions by extension and any form of industrial agitation”

Representative body argues lack of union rights puts it at disadvantage in pay talks

Broombridge station, near Cabra in Dublin. Iarnród Éireann wants to increase services on the Maynooth line to connect with the Luas cross-city service to the station. Photograph: Alan Betson

Union members to distribute leaflets to commuters day before first 24-hour strike

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and  Minister for Health Simon Harris at the official sod turning ceremony of the new national children’s hospital.  Photograph: RollingNews.ie

‘Phoenix Children’s Hospital Ireland’ echoes name of Arizona institute

HSE director general Tony O’Brien: the State depends on the voluntary sector for many services.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Tony O’Brien says HSE funds more than 2,200 State bodies or voluntary agencies

The HSE is seeking nearly €8m in additional funding to allow it to recruit about 80 key personnel such as microbiologists and laboratory staff to deal with the threat. File image: iStock

HSE urges Government to prioritise tackling antibiotic resistant bacteria called CPE

An Bord Pleanála said given the nature, height, scale, form and layout of the planned new hospital  the installation of life-safety sprinklers throughout the building was required.

Hospital development board had appealed the conditions for a fire safety certificate

An ASTI protest outside Leinster House in 2016. Photograph: Eric Luke

Two-tier pay the sticking point as ASTI joins dissenters, but strikes are unlikely for now

 ASTI delegates at a meeting in June. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Leadership to consider industrial action after members oppose accord by 51.5% to 48.5%

Leo Varadkar and Simon Harris with children from the Youth Advisory Council as they urned the sod at a new paediatric outpatients and urgent care centre at Connolly Hospital Blanchardstown. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Name ‘ill conceived’ in context of sick children, clashes with Arizona facility

A spokesman for Iarnród Éireann said it viewed the failure rate among contractors’ staff as a significant concern. File photograph: Eric Luke

Firm may bring in compulsory checks for external workers after one-in-seven test positive

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: with Minister for Health Simon Harris he will launch work at Connolly Hospital in west Dublin and a redevelopment of the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Dún Laoghaire.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Work to start on facilities at Connolly and National Rehabilitation Hospital

An artist’s impression of the proposed new National Children’s Hospital at St James’s Hospital, Dublin

Board says the fire safety design is ‘compliant with and indeed exceeds current regulations’

Train in Heuston Station: Unions argue it is not credible for Iarnród Éireann to continue to play the “poor mouth”.   Photograph: Eric Luke

Iarnród Éireann staff taking lead from bus and Luas actions in call for pay increase

Rank -and-file gardai have voted to accept the new public service pay agreement.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Members of GRA support by 62.7% to 37.3% agreement which will give wage hikes

Iarnród Éireann and unions failed to reach agreement after 12 hours of talks at the Workplace Relations Commission. Photograph: Eric Luke

Stoppages will be held on November 1st, 7th, 14th and 23rd; and on December 8th

Tony O’Brien said that when pay for public service employees was being cut in the wake of the economic crash, “corollary high-level reductions” were made to gross funding of Section 39 organisations.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Restoration for state organisations but none offered to community service providers

Iarnród Éireann union members are being balloted for strike action. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Union warns of disruption to rail network within days if no tangible pay offer made

Minister for Health Simon Harris: HSE circular provides for a “risk mitigation”  for each consultant post where the appointee does not hold the qualifications specified for the appointment. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Consultants body says 81 doctors working at public hospitals who are not on specialist register

 Minister for Health Simon Harris who got Cabinet agreement on Friday for the establishment of an independent group to advance the Sláintecare plan. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

This is the third radical overhaul of the health care system in roughly a decade

Bus Éireann said it continued “to liaise with unions and staff as part of a major business restructure to reverse insolvency and make the company efficient”. Photograph: Getty Images

Regina Doherty claims ‘unofficial labour dispute’ cost company €150,000 last week

Minister for Health Simon Harris. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

New group to assess impact of eliminating private practice in public hospitals

The Government’s  expenditure report said the HSE needs to start considering how it would manage pensions costs going forward to ensure that it did not impact on outcome for patients

Military pension bill now almost 50% of cost of pay for serving Defence Forces personnel

Recent growth in public service staffing means that at the end of 2017 overall numbers will be approaching peak levels.

Numbers on State payroll growing by 8,000 per year , Government expenditure report suggests

Blocked beds: the budget provided an extra €37 million to tackle delayed hospital discharges, which contribute significantly to the trolley crisis in emergency departments. Photograph: iStock/Getty

Budget 2018: Extra €471m for capital spending; just €25m for shift to primary care

Exchequer spending on the ‘Fair Deal’ scheme – which covers about 23,000 people – increased by about €34m over the last three years to €917m this year. File photograph: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Budget 2018 paper says spending on programme covering 23,000 ‘sustainable’ so far

The Department of Public Expenditure has argued that removing the obligation for public servants to work the ’Croke Park hours’ would impact on the provision of public services.

Retain the additional hours public service staff must work since 2013, says department

The health service is to receive a €40 million package of support measures for hospitals to allow for the opening of new units next year and to improve access to diagnostics and “surge” capacity. Photograph: Getty Images

Increase to cut waiting lists and provide more homecare packages and transitional beds

The Irish Hospital Consultants Association  is to write to the Medical Council about the issue this week. Photograph: Alan Betson

Consultants’ body to tell Medical Council crisis is due to HSE difficulties recruiting and retaining staff

More than 90,000 patients, many elderly and frail, received some part of their acute hospital care on trolleys last year, and this number looks very likely to increase this winter, conference told

Avoidable deaths taking place in hospitals due to unacceptable treatment delays -- IHCA

‘Will politicians, backed by clinicians, be willing to stand up to drinks industry?’ Minister asks

Simon Harris  was very pleased that the HSE apologised very quickly and was investigating how the incident could possibly have happened.

Parents do not expect child to come into contact with bleach at dentists, Minister says

Minister for Health Simon Harris: decoupling  private practice from public hospitals, as recommended in  the Government’s Sláintecare report, “is certainly worth considering”.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

IHCA warns reforms could impoverish public hospitals and lead to catastrophic failure

Iarnród Éireann is the ‘new frontline’ in the battle to ensure the adequate funding of public transport in Ireland, Siptu members have heard. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Siptu says it will ‘vehemently’ oppose the underfunding of public transport sector

General secretary of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions  Patricia King said the retention of the 9 per cent Vat rate for the hospitality sector was ‘pure wrong’.

Patricia King urges abolition of lower VAT rate for the hospitality sector in the budget

A restoration of the telephone allowance is also being examined as part of the overall package. Photograph: iStock

Bereavement grant, prescription charge caps and pension increases all on the cards

Siptu members Jaqueline Kirby, Liz Cloherty and Helen Power launching the union’s pay campaign for  workers in Section 39 organisations.  Photograph: Jimmy Weldon

Government claims pay discrepancy for agency workers is not a matter for the State

 Staff at Iarnród Éireann are currently balloting for industrial action as part of a claim for pay increases of about 3.75% annually without productivity concessions

Pay row at Iarnród Éireann likely to end in industrial action, Siptu conference told

Siptu president Jack O’Connor is to step down in the weeks ahead after 14 years in the post. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

Jack O’Connor to step down as president of State’s largest union after 14 years

Siptu president Jack O’Connor. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Jack O’Connor claims the proposals would degrade public services and benefit ‘bandits’

Minister for Health Simon Harris “wants to work with GPs and address their concerns” over the free GP care scheme, a spokeswoman said. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

National Treatment Purchase Fund to begin endoscopy outsourcing plan this month

There will be no new overall contract for the provision of GP services negotiated with the Government this year, the IMO has signalled. File photograph: Hugh Macknight/PA Wire

IMO also says extending the number covered by free GP care scheme is ‘not a priority’

Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General Seamus McCarthy was released on Friday. File photograph: David Sleator

Comptroller and Auditor General says issues highlight governance problems across sector

The trade union Mandate said this would represent the fifth such increase it had secured for members in Dunnes Stores in as many years.

Union says it will continue to pursue certainty of working hours and full time jobs

 Unions, including the National Bus and Rail Union and Siptu will ballot immediately for strike action. File photograph: Eric Luke/ The Irish Times

NBRU and Siptu to ballot staff at Iarnród Éireann in the coming weeks over pay concerns

The Garda Representative Association said the Government move had ‘potentially stored up future grievances’. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Government backs recommendation Garda bodies should not become trade unions

File photograph: Aidan Crawley

Bus company says disciplinary action will be taken ‘up to and including dismissal’

The working group specifically said Garda organisations should not become trade unions and gardaí should not be permitted to take industrial action. Photograph: Colin Keegan /Collins Dublin.

Analysis: a working group estabished by the Government said the law should remain

 Members of An Garda Síochána should not be allowed go on strike, a new Government report has urged. File photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

Government review calls for new measures to prevent industrial action by Garda members

ASTI delegates at their meeting in Citywest Hotel in June. More than 1,200 members of the ASTI are estimated to have left the union between January and June. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

ASTI accuses TUI of recruiting a number of its members during dispute with Government

 INTO members attend a rally for pay equality for lower-paid teachers outside the Dáil, Kildare Street, Dublin, in December 2016. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Union faces backlash from members over decision to participate in the evaluation

Rail passengers could face disruption due to strike action next month.

Union threatens strike ballot if no ‘credible’ pay offer made by Wednesday

Earlier this week, the airline wrote to pilots offering them bonus payments of up to €12,000, deferred for a year. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Further flight cancellations loom as airline’s roster solution deemed inadequate

Patricia King, general secretary of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions. Photograph: Eric Luke

Patricia King says unions would intervene if Government fails to act on housing crisis

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: “It’s the norm in many workplaces to step aside and to ask people to leave if they’re not performing.” Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Unions counter Taoiseach’s comments by saying performance management already ‘robust’

Ictu general secretary Patricia King.

Paschal Donohoe issues warning to public service groups who do not back new accord

Cancelled operations: elective surgery fell 54 per cent between 2012 and 2016, according to the Irish Hospital Consultants Association. Photograph: E+/Getty

Patients at one hospital wait up to nine years to see doctor, according to submission to Government

Irish Nurses’ and Midwives’ Organisation general secretary-designate Phil Ni Sheaghdha said the Government and health service management had one further opportunity, under the new agreement, to address the nurses’ claim for pay parity with other degree-level health professionals. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Deal backed by Siptu, Impact, nurses, doctors and middle and lower civil servants

The Irish Hospital Consultants Association warned key targets in relation to cancer care were  being missed. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Consultants’ group says Government needs to invest more than €5bn into health system

Pay deal: some teachers feel the proposed deal did not address the issue of lower pay rates for recently recruited teachers. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

Some backed teachers’ pay deal as step in right direction, others found it grossly unfair

Optometrists say treatment delays arecompromising health of patients

General secretary Steve Fitzpatrick: “The CWU, as a part of the An Post group of unions, submitted a pay claim of 6 per cent in 2015. Last week’s Labour Court recommendation of a further 3.5 per cent increase concludes this round.” Photograph: Aidan Crawley

CWU accepts Labour Court recommendation on pay increases

CPSU general secretary Eoin Ronayne said his members remain angry over imposition of unpaid additional hours which were not addressed in the new public service pay deal. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Deal will see wage rises of between 6.2% and 10%, depending on when person was hired

The executive of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland  will have to determine  whether it will accept the majority decision of the other public service unions to support the new pay deal. File photograph: Getty Images

New public pay deal will be ratified by Ictu on Monday despite rejection by TUI

Teachers and lecturers have voted to back industrial action in opposition to the current two-tier pay structure in schools. Picture Nick Bradshaw

Teachers Union of Ireland rejects the new public service agreement by 87% to 13%

Just over €785,000 was paid in fees to Hickeys Pharmacy Group Limited in Dublin north central.

Dental practice received €381,000 in payments from health authority

The Irish Medical Organisation said there was currently insufficient evidence to support nurse-led care in the community. Photograph: PA

IMO urges Government to introduce new attractive contracts for GPs to combat issue

HSE director general Tony O’Brien: in an email in 2015 to Leo Varadkar, the then Minister for Health, he said the percentage rule on private practice had become ‘a farce in practice’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

The State is facing High Court actions from about 500 hospital consultants over the failure to pay them agreed levels of salary ne(...)

Kieran Christie, general secretary, and Ger Curtin, president, at Saturday’s central executive meeting of ASTI which recommended to its members that they should reject the public service pay agreement. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Analysis: Retention of two-tier pay structure remains an issue for teaching unions

Iarnród Éireann: Any pay rises not funded by further productivity measures would have a ‘catastrophic impact’ on its financial position. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Unions warn of ballot for industrial action and reject pay link to additional productivity

The HSE said the salary figures produced were based on a doctor on the mid-point of the relevant pay scale. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Agency doctors in dispute with HSE over reduced fees under new framework contract

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar give press conference at Government Buildings.Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Taoiseach: ‘People entitled to fifth best health service in the world’ for fifth biggest spend

The proposed deal  for Aer Lingus staff would expire at the end of June 2020. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Average increases of about 2.6% annually proposed in Labour Court recommendation

HSE director-general Tony O’Brien: the Health Service Executive says it has received no funding from Government to meet costs of pay rises and  pay deals. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Government tells HSE to draw up plans for making massive savings in health system

The State’s hospitals are expected to overspend by €80m this year

Department of Health says HSE’s financial performance ‘extremely disappointing’

Patricia King: she said the reduced rate of VAT enjoyed by the hospitality/tourism sector represented a “de facto subsidy that had already cost the State some €2.2bn  in taxes foregone”

Ictu calls for major local authority house-building programme to be in next budget

Services in a number of hospitals could be hit by wildcat doctors’ strikes in the days ahead due to a row over reduced pay rates. Image: iStock.

Row centres on cut in agency pay to €34 an hour, which HSE says is 36% above staff rate

The proposed new public service agreement does not cover GPs who are independent contractors rather than direct State employees.

IMO recommends acceptance of accord, but says it still has ‘reservations’

Iarnród Éireann staff are seeking increases along the lines of the 3.75 per cent annually secured by other workers in the transport sector. Photograph: Eric Luke

Unions warn that row could lead to new transport dispute if unresolved

RTÉ redundancies: the broadcaster and its director general, Dee Forbes, have been given Government go-ahead

Broadcaster’s severance scheme to be more generous than HSE package

The National Bus and Rail Union said staff were “frankly sick to the back teeth of listening to the jaded, ‘we have no money’ line from management”.  Photograph: Eddie Kelly

Railway firm says mooted pay rise request of 3.75% would have ‘catastrophic impact’

Ballydoyle trainer Aidan O’Brien  at the Labour Court. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Grooms and exercise riders not exempt from working hours law, WRC inspector says

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