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 30,000 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

IMO president Dr John Duddy said the prime concern of doctors is the care of patients and no doctor wants to take industrial action.

IMO had planned to hold vote amongst members over €3,000 ‘living out’ allowance

ASTI has said if members reject the new proposals its current directive banning co-operation with junior cycle reform will remain in place

Union sets out measures which may come into play if members reject new proposals

Bus Éireann says  its financial position is unsustainable, and without action on costs  it will go out of business within two years. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A number of unions say they will not attend talks on the company’s survival plan

Shane Ross told the Dáil that Bus Éireann was losing €6m a year, mainly due to losses being run up by its commercial Expressway arm

Bus Éireann unions to meet next week to consider joint strategy and have warned of potential industrial action

Bus Éireann’s acting chief executive Ray Hernan has said proposals to cut premium payments and overtime rates for staff represent ‘the only and best way to safeguard the maximum number of viable jobs’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Bus and rail workers threaten action over firm’s ‘stomach-churning’ survival proposals

The Haddington Road public service agreement provided for a longer working week for staff which generated about five million additional hours for the HSE

Unions to press for abolition of longer working week in forthcoming talks WI

Bus Éireann has offered non-pensionable pay rises of up to 3% per annum in some cases. This would be conditional on there being no industrial action of any nature over the course of the deal. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

State-owned company warns of cuts in premium payments and potential layoffs of staff

Paschal Donohoe: said the new pay arrangement was conditional on adherence to industrial peace in the public service

Minister says money will be found through ‘savings and efficiencies’ identified throughout the year

There are indications that Bus Éireann could discontinue operating some of its existing Expressway services. Photograph: Eric Luke

Taoiseach urges unions and management to engage in constructive talks

File image of INMO members protesting outside St Vincent’s hospital in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

INMO will not finalise strike plan until after new talks with Government

A file image of trade union groups protesting in Dublin over austerity measures. The Government has decided to bring forward a €1,000 pay rise for public service staff but unions say anomalies are yet to be addressed. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill/ The Irish Times.

Government accelerates increase amid unrest over deal made with gardaí last year

 Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe has said a process to deal with public service pay anomalies would be completed by the end of January. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Government is considering bringing forward salary increases after deal with gardaí

Bus Éireann’s acting chief executive, Ray Hernan, has said  the company faced a “very uncertain future due to the precarious state of our finances and threat of insolvency”. Photograph: Eric Luke

Measures will include limits on overtime, recruitment and hiring in of private buses

 Bus Éireann is to introduce radical measures aimed at generating savings of up to €8 million within the next few weeks. Photograph: Eric Luke

Firm tells Minister for Transport Shane Ross it could run out of money within 18 months

INMO chief Liam Doran said “we are 3,500 nurses short and our members have had enough”. Photograph: The Irish Times

INMO bristle over long-running problem of staff recruitment and retention in service

Union president Ed Byrne said if the new proposals were rejected in a forthcoming ballot, he could not rule out further school closures.  Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Union urging its 18,000 members to reject proposals drawn up before Christmas

INMO general secretary Liam Doran said members had given the union a mandate for a mixture of one-day strikes and continuous industrial action. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

INMO planning strike action over recruitment and retention of staff

Chief executive says Expressway service would ‘continue to be part of Bus Éireann’. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Acting chief executive says loss-making Expressway service will remain part of company

Bus Éireann chairman Aidan Murphy said:  “We are ready to implement, as a matter of urgency, the structural changes and efficiency initiatives which are required to position the business for future growth and viability.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Chief executive Nolan announces departure and Hernan takes on acting role in his place

Last autumn ‘The Irish Times’ reported that management at Bus Éireann had drawn up plans to separate Expressway from the rest of the company. Photograph: Eric Luke

Consultants’ report says getting out of Expressway business could be only viable option

Broadstone depot in Dublin: up to 10 depots would face closure  if Expressway, the commercial arm of  Bus Éireann, was shut down.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

More than 500 staff could lose their jobs if company’s commercial arm closed down

Members of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation protesting outside Leinster House last September. Members have backed industrial action by a margin of 90 per cent. Photograph: Eric Luke

Strike action by nurses, doctors, health support staff in the offing in the weeks ahead

“There is a real crisis in our GP services at the moment,” said Dr Padraig McGarry, chairman of the IMO’s GP committee. Photograph: Thinkstock

Government, HSE and Irish Medical Organisation to begin talks within next fortnight

Siptu plans to ballot healthcare assistants, radiographers, home helps and other grades in a fortnight. Photograph: Dara MacDónaill

Siptu seeking new job evaluation scheme for healthcare assistants, home helps

Members of the Association of Secondary Teachers of Ireland (ASTI) take part in a strike  over a pay dispute in  November.  Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Lansdowne Road agreement undermined by Luas, Dublin Bus and Garda settlements

There are now nearly 150 more senior managers in the Health Service Executive (HSE) than at the time of  the economic crash, new official figures show.

New official figures show the number of managers increased by 95 over the last year

Iarnród Éireann: According to the State-owned rail operator, a draft report by the regulator drew “conclusions that are unsubstantiated and often on the basis of individual opinion”. Photograph: Eric Luke

Iarnród Éireann must heed advice and ‘comply with the regulator’s directions’

Oberstown youth detention centre in Lusk, Co Dublin. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Staff postpone industrial action as union secures agreement for independent review

Iarnród Éireann said it was committed to working with the commission to ensure the highest standards of safety were achieved. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Ross acknowledges ‘concerns’ but says no immediate risk to safety

The rail regulator  says that from 2015 Iarnród Éireann began “taking a noticeably different approach towards safety regulation”

Commission for Railway Regulation criticises rail operator on its attitude to safety rules and challenges to regulator’s (...)

The report said only Dart trains in the greater Dublin area have an automatic protection system in operation which automatically applies the brakes if a driver fails to obey a restrictive signal or speed limit. Photograph: David Sleator

Some equipment 30 years old and does not offer expected protection levels, report finds

A   train tests the  rebuilt Malahide Estuary Railway bridge in 2009.The Commission for Railway Regulation has criticised the company’s attitude to safety. Photograph: The Irish Times

Railway regulator says relations with the State rail company are ‘strained’

Sources have suggested the Government could look for greater contributions towards pensions from staff earning more than €50,000. Photographs: Getty Images

Minster says pensions will be on table in planned pay talks with trade unions

INMO members voted by 90 per cent this week in favour of a campaign of one-day strikes. Photograph: Frank Miller

Nurses looking for financial incentives to encourage staff recruitment and retention

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