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

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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

Unions argued in submissions to the Labour Court that there had been major improvements in both passenger and revenue numbers at the company

Iarnród Éireann warns general pay rises would have catastrophic impact on finances

A report on nursing and midwifery staffing will be produced earlier than originally anticipated, the INMO said. Photograph: Frank Miller

Examination of recruitment and retention difficulties in nursing to be accelerated

Aidan O’Brien arriving at the Labour Court on Monday for a hearing about Ballydoyle’s work practices. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Ballydoyle horse racing yard appealing WRC notice for excessive working hours

Pharmaceutical spend accounts for 15 per cent of overall expenditure in the public healthcare system. Photograph: iStock

Department of Public Expenditure paper says €2bn being spent on drugs each year

Employers have argued that increases being sought by Unite would represent rises of about 80 per cent over the next year or so. Photograph: iStock

Construction Industry Federation criticises action that targets particular companies

Catherine Day: Heading a new review of the role of voluntary hospitals in the publicly funded health service. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Harris wants three-person panel to report within a year

The Irish Hospital Consultants’ Association said there are now over 589,000 people on waiting lists in Ireland’s public hospitals

Patients waiting up to nine years for appointment at Waterford hospital, report says

Ictu recommended Unite should terminate the membership of the crane operators. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Siptu had complained that Unite had taken about 50 crane operators into its union

VHI Healthcare had the largest overall share of the market last year at 52%. Photograph: iStock

Average premium rose marginally last year by 0.3 per cent to €1,177 per person

Siptu complained to the Ictu last April that Unite had taken into its membership a number of crane operators who traditionally had come within its sphere of influence. Photograph: Alan Betson

Ictu to adjudicate on dispute between Siptu and Unite over alleged poaching of members

Leo Varadkar: Modest minimum wage increases are sustainable.

Employer representatives on Low Pay Commission disagree with proposals

Impact deputy general secretary Kevin Callinan said he believed the process set out on the proposed agreement could result in the removal of two incremental points from most pay scales.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Union says talks to address inequities in pay for new entrants should begin immediately

The State-owned transport company says it wants to rebuild its commercial intercity Expressway brand and network of services with faster times and more competitive fares

Bus Éireann also wants National Transport Authority to focus more on services outside Dublin

  Simon Harris:  he is to bring proposals to Cabinet this week for a review into the future role  of voluntary hospitals in our  health service

For decades State has outsourced much of its healthcare services to the private sector

Voluntary hospitals and agencies have service level agreements with the HSE governing services to be provided in return for exchequer funding. Photograph: Getty Images

Harris seeking approval for expert group to look into status of voluntary organisations

Cranes at Grand Canal Dock, Dublin: Unions representing 50,000 construction workers  sought increases of 10 per cent over the old registered employment agreement rates under the new agreements. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Labour Court report on rates under first new sectoral employment order sent to Minister

A planned strike by crane operators over pay which could have led to widespread disruption on construction sites from Friday has been deferred.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Unite says plan to place pickets on sites operated by CIF members suspended for a week

In the wake of the rejection of the proposed new public service agreement by Irish National Teachers’ Organisation members, one of the first things the union will have to decide is whether it will accept any majority decision of the public service trade union movement overall to accept the agreement. File photograph: iStockPhoto

Analysis: INTO must decide whether to accept majority decision of union movement

Minister for Education  Richard Bruton: various measures taken by the Government meant it had gone about 75 per cent of the way towards restoring pay equality for teachers appointed since 2011. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Pay equality between established and new teachers emerges as key issue for profession

Holles Street: Who should call the shots in a publicly-funded voluntary hospital?

Analysis: Such arguments an inevitable consequence of hybrid healthcare model

Holles Street Hospital. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Hospital says it is independent entity and not owned by the HSE

The National Maternity Hospital. Auditors found there was an undocumented arrangement under which the hospital provided support to a semi-private clinic on its campus. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Audit finds ‘significant’ issues of governance and lack of transparency at hospital

The National Maternity Hospital: report says the NMH “blurred boundaries” between the publicly-funded facility and a semi-private clinic on its site pose a risk of conflicts of interest. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Audit says four managers received payments for work relating to semi-private clinic

Cranes on the Dublin skyline. Industrial action by crane operators is expected to spread.

Unite criticises CIF boss Tom Parlon over ‘Mickey Mouse’ cranes comments

The proposed drink-driving law seeks to impose a mandatory three-month driving ban on anyone found to have 51-80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood in their system. File photograph: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

Alcohol industry lobbying hard against Minister’s plan to impose mandatory driving ban on offenders

Shane Ross held talks on Monday with the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (Ictu), Siptu, the National Bus and Rail Union, Unite , the TSSA and the TEEU. Photograph: Alan Betson

Shane Ross says he held ‘fruitful, frank and friendly’ talks with transport trade unions

The Low Pay Commission has recommended increasing the national minimum wage per hour  by 30 cent

More than 120,000 workers would benefit from Low Pay Commission recommendation

Crane drivers on picket recently on Sir John Rogerson’s Quay in Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Construction Industry Federation says Unite seeking ‘unrealistic’ pay rises of 80%

Delegates attending the ICTU Biannual Conference 2017 in Belfast heard compulsory reporting of organisations’ gender pay gaps would “shine a light on inequity”. Photograph:   Photoline

Trade unions urge Government to introduce legislation to force organisations to do so

Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation general secretary-designate Phil Ní Sheaghdha attributed the scale of assaults to poor workforce planning by health service management and the absence of staff training. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

‘Dysfunctional’ HSE spends €77m on agency staff in first 18 weeks of 2017

Ictu urged governments in Ireland the UK to make a public declaration that no existing rights or protections would be lost or eroded as a result of Brexit. Photograph: Dado Ruvic/Reuters/Illustration

Actors’ union warns people working for major TV productions such as ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Vikings’ may be impacted

Minister for Health Simon Harris is to say that the aim of the new cancer care strategy is to ensure cancer survival rates in the State will be among the best in Europe. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Simon Harris’s plan will warn that the number of cases of the disease will double in 20 years

Patricia King of Ictu: urged the Government to scrap the existing reduced VAT rate for the hotel and food services sector. Photograph: Eric Luke

Ictu will also resist restrictions on right to strike mooted by Taoiseach, conference told

President Michael D Higgins in Aras an Uachtarain.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / THE IRISH TIMES

Higgins says day of arguing for a minimal State is over

As part of a side-deal negotiated in tandem with the recent public service agreement, the Government agreed to provide  rent allowance increases for prison officers and firefighters. File photograph: Getty Images

Side deal will take effect if public service agreement ratified through union ballots

Ictu general secretary Patricia King:   “The housing crisis in the Republic represents a policy failure of major proportions and provides ample proof of how the needs of working people have been neglected.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Membership in congress-affiliated unions fell by 1% in last year

File photo of ASTI members taking part in a protest in November 2016. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Activists say union negotiators should be sent back to secure more for workers

DAA bus at Dublin Airport: A spokesman for the airport authority declined to comment on the pay claim submitted by Siptu. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Trade union argues increases should not be linked to additional productivity

Siptu represents more than 70,000 staff in the public service who will vote on the new pay proposals. Photograph: Eric Luke

Irish Medical Organisation defers decision on new accord

Raco  expressed unhappiness that its members were disadvantaged by being excluded from side deals reached between the Government and other public service groups.

Raco says officers recruited after 2013 to lose out on ‘supplementary’ pension benefit

The executive of the Irish Nurses and Midwives’ Organisation has deferred until the end of a month a final decision on whether to recommend the proposed pay accord to members in a forthcoming ballot. File photograph: Getty Images

Thousands of civil servants to get additional leave, while some allowances to be restored

 Paschal Donohoe, Minister for Public Expenditure. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Cabinet formally approves terms of draft accord

ASTI president Ed Byrne has said the union will now ‘move inside the tent’ of the Lansdowne Road pay deal. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Calls for leadership figures to resign after members vote to suspend industrial action

 ASTI  president Ed Byrne addresses the ASTI special convention at Citywest Hotel, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Secondary teachers’ union approves the move at a special convention in Dublin

The Irish National Teachers’ Organisation joins the  Teachers’ Union of Ireland in recommending rejection of the pay deal

INTO opposes public sector deal over ‘inadequate’ provisions for lower-paid teachers

About 23,000 State employees  will benefit least from the proposed new agreement

GRA says requirement for gardaí to pay more for pensions ‘deeply disappointing’

Two-tier pay structure to be assessed overa 12-month period in 2018

Unions have reacted cautiously to the proposed pay deal with teachers organistions saying they are disappointed.

ASTI head voices extreme disappointment over provisions for new entrants

The Government will hope the public pay question is settled as it turns its focus to Brexit.

Average-earning staff appointed before 2013 to get increases of about €4,000 over 3 years

Unions and the Government have agreed a pay deal that will run for three years.  Gardai, military personnel and prison officers, who have faster accruing pensions, will benefit least from the proposed new agreement. Photograph: The Irish Times

Civil and public service staff hired since 2013 are in line for 7% to 10% rises over the period

Iarnród Éireann is projecting a further €6 million deficit this year which would leave it about €2 million ahead of insolvency

Rail company says pay rises unaffordable as it is on verge of insolvency

Kevin Callinan and Peter Nolan (right) of Impact trade union    attending the  public service pay talks in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Measures on increasing the level of Saturday working have been diluted

It has forecast that the fiscal space for next year will be about €200m. File photograph: Getty Images

Government negotiators indicate time required to ‘crunch numbers’, say sources

Irish Nurses’ and Midwives’ Organisation general secretary Liam Doran: “The Government is going to have to use a wider lens and more imagination.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Government insisting on greater pension contributions from most in public service

Train passengers could face widespread travel chaos on the country’s railways in the summer and autumn, one of the country’s main transport unions has warned.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

National Bus and Rail Union could be ‘forced into’ summer and autumn disruption as it seeks pay rises

Mid-ranking gardaí say they would ‘absolutely resist’ any move make them pay more for their faster accruing pensions. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Public service pay talks continue in Dublin on whether a new public service accord will be agreed

Iarnród Éireann: the State-owned rail operator has said it will lose about €6m this year, bringing its accumulated deficit to €159.2m

Train operator says financial position much more severe than that in Bus Éireann

Groups such as gardaí, prison officers and fire fighters are opposing any suggestion they should have to pay more in pension contributions. Photograph: iStock

Prospects for reaching new accord likely to become clear on Tuesday or Wednesday

Tom  Geraghty of the Public Service Executive Union suggested the odds on a deal being reached were lengthening.  Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Major disagreements have arisen on outsourcing and Saturday working

An audit said the St John of God organisation had been paying salary top-ups to senior mangers as far back as 1986 at least.

Vatican linked to €1.8m confidential payouts to senior charity chiefs

Saint John of God group chief executive John Pepper. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Order’s organisational culture failed to meet required standards, audit says

The chief union negotiator in the public sector pay talks Shay Cody. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

Some unions unhappy at failure of public service managers to get down to specifics

The Government’s proposal to make the 25,000 public service staff who have faster-accruing pensions pay more for their benefits has been strongly criticised by a number of trade unions. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Officials have yet to outline specific plans after six days of talks on a new agreement

Government representatives held talks with public service unions and representative bodies on the issue of pay on Monday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne /The Irish Times

Siptu argues pay restoration for State employee cannot be linked extra productivity requests

Paschal Donohoe had consistently maintained that the Government valued the stability and certainty that accompanied public service agreements, according to Impact. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Impact says ‘troubling straws in the wind’ have emerged in talks with Government

An additional 290 intensive care unit beds are needed, the Irish Hospital Consultants Association has said.

Doctors call for investment to bring infrastructure up to adequate standards

Siptu president Jack O’Connor said his union would not recommend any agreement that diluted the existing protections against outsourcing. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Proposals on outsourcing could derail deal, and big-ticket items haven’t even come up yet

Government put forward its proposals  at the fifth day of talks with trade unions  on a new public service pay deal. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

State wants to add provision for potential introduction of Saturday work to agreement

 Labour voted at its last conference to cease affiliations with other organisations which meant an end to the traditional source of funding from Siptu. Photograph: Mary Browne

Special conference agrees to increase contributions from 63c per year to €1.04

Siptu president Jack O’Connor said the outsourcing restrictions in the Lansdowne Road Agreement   limited ‘the degree to which the race-to-the-bottom can be introduced in publicly-funded work’ . File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Representatives to reject any attempt to force gardaí to pay higher pension contributions

Public sector pay talks entered their third day on Wednesday at the Workplace Relations Commission. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Government defends additional hours requirement on third day of pay talks

Talks on a new public pay deal are taking place at  the Workplace Relations Commission in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Government to set out pension reform plans during further discussions on Wednesday

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