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

 Unite  described Leo Varadkar’s proposals to curtail the right to strike in essential services as ‘anti-worker and anti-democratic’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Union criticises Varadkar’s proposals as ‘anti-worker and anti-democratic’

Public service management  wants to review premium payments given to those who currently work on Saturdays

Government to seek increased productivity and work-practice changes in new pay deal

The Garda Representative Association said it would not support a separation from general public service pension arrangements. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

As part of reforms clock-in would be based on fingerprinting and iris scans

Leo Varadkar launching his policy manifesto in Smock Alley Theatre, Temple Bar, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Leadership candidate threatens to overturn rival Simon Coveney’s ‘help to buy’ plan

Strike action at Bus Éireann brought services  to a standstill for three weeks in March and April.

Proposals include 10% pay cuts to earnings over €60k and the closure of Dundalk garage

Nurses were outraged last week at reports that cited a senior public service union figure forecasting the outcome of the talks. Photograph: Frank Miller

Concerns that process – due to start today – could be delayed by FG leadership situation

VHI subscribers planning to see consultants in public hospitals should check the doctor they intend to visit is on a specialist register. Photograph:  Alan Betson

HSE indicates hospitals could pursue patients if bill not settled by insurance firm

Nurses have warned that industrial stability could be jeopardised if the Government does not address their calls for measures to tackle staff recruitment and retention problems in the health service. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times.

Donohoe says Government will not agree to separate pay deal for 50,000 health staff

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe says the new deal ‘has to be affordable and it has to be fair to everyone’. Photograph: Eric Luke

Unions to meet Workplace Relations Commission ahead of opening of talks

Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe tabled proposals for the public-service pay talks at Cabinet  on Tuesday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Analysis: Demands could pose problems for Government and for unions in other sectors

Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe has formally invited trade unions and representative bodies to talks on a new public service pay deal. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Negotiations on extending the Lansdowne Road Agreement to get under way next week

The three unions said there were currently 400 hospital consultant posts vacant and there were still 3,200 fewer nurses and midwives in place than there were in 2008.  Photograph: iStock

Doctors, nurses and midwives accuse Government of ‘head in the sand’ approach on recruitment

Minister for Health Simon Harris is expected to come under pressure to provide full details about the  appointing of doctors who do not have essential specialist training.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Waterford, Letterkenny, Naas and Portiuncula facing challenges to enlist specialists

The HSE acknowledged last weekend that there were occasions in emergency situations when doctors not on the Medical Council’s specialist register were appointed to fill temporary consultant positions. Photograph: Getty Images

Hosptial consultants association: Appointments to fill posts compromising patient care

A garda demands pay restoration during a protest  outside Government Buildings, Dublin. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Garda Representative Association says their faster rate of accrual is ‘danger money’

Management at Bus Éireann has argued that the company is facing insolvency in the absence of remedial action.

Recommendations were issued following a 21-day strike over cost-cutting

INMO general secretary Liam Doran said his union would “remain steadfast” in the forthcoming pay negotiations. Photograph: Frank Miller

Impact national secretary’s comments interpreted as response to nurses’ 12% claim

Garda recruits  parade at the Garda College in Templemore. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Analysis: Unions’ priorities in forthcoming talks could disappoint some State employees

 Upcoming pay talks could reduce some of the gains by gardaí under their   controversial €50m   deal last November

Senior union figures sceptical at prospects of special additional rises for nurses

An Impact members protest at the Dlr Lexicon library in Dún Laoghaire last September against the decision to open the library on Sundays without staff. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

FOI request reveals six incidents of children being left unsupervised during pilot project

Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe speaks about the Public Service Pay Commission report, which was published on Tuesday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Government wants to trade salary increases for extra contributions from middle-income staff

The Association of Higher Civil and Public Servants Annual Delegate Conference took place in Dublin earlier in May. Photograph: John Mc Elroy

What are the essential arguments made in the study of public service remuneration?

The public service pension levy currently generates about €600m per year, and it is understood the Government is keen to hold on to some of this money

Pensions, pay and productivity expected to be flashpoints

 Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe: the Public Service Pay Commission suggests public service staff appointed before 2013 and who are covered by standard or “legacy” pension schemes, as well as those groups who can accrue retirement benefits at a faster rate, should contribute more. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Public Service Pay Commission urges pay rises be linked to productivity and reform

The Public Services Committee said public servants currently paid more than 20 per cent of their earnings above €28,750 towards their pension. Photograph:  iStockphoto

INMO says Government must address nursing recruitment problems

The Public Service Pay Commission report  says tens of thousands of State employees should contribute more towards their pension arrangements. File photograph: iStockPhoto

ICTU Public Services Committee calls for early talks on recovery of public service pay

Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe has  published the pay commission report.

Commission says pay for public service staff at lower levels appears higher than those in private sector

The Irish Federation of University Teachers’ conference heard staff numbers fell 4,500 in universities between 2008 and 2013, and  student numbers surged more than 31,000 over the same period. Photograph: Getty Images

Conference told of major cuts to university teacher staffing as student numbers surge

Ciaran Rohan, general secretary of the Association of Higher Civil and Public Servants, and Oonagh Buckley of the Workplace Relations Commission. Photograph: Sinéad McGovern

Workplace Relations Commission chief warns pay talks will be ‘incredibly complex’

Pay restoration: John Glennon, chairman, and Ciaran Rohan, general secretary of the Association of Higher Civil and Public Servants. Photograph:  John Mc Elroy

Higher public service staff call for faster pay restoration

The ASTI union withdrew a planned ballot by members. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Internal dispute escalates as teachers’ union withdraws ballot over separate dispute with Department

Nurses working in areas providing care for the elderly and the intellectually disabled will take on four additional tasks

Initiative means elderly and disabled people may not need a hospial visit for some procedures

The INMO wants full restoration of pay cuts imposed on its members in the public health system following the economic crash

INMO calls for nurses to have same pay as professionally-qualified public servants

Medical examination: private patients can make up no more than 30 per cent of a doctor’s cases. Photograph: E+

HSE told minister that contract deal had become a farce

Public service union leaders met on Tuesday to discuss strategy in advance of an expected invitation to attend talks in the weeks ahead on a successor to the Lansdowne Road pay accord. File photograph: iStock

Representatives to oppose any moves to increase staff contribution towards pensions

Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe is expected to receive a key report on pay.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Pensions set to dominate upcoming public service pay talks

The interior of Dublin Airport Terminal 2: workers have rejected a deal that would have seen pay rises and new work practices.

Union to consult members on next steps they will take

Bus Éireann staff are balloting on Labour Court proposals. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

All-out transport action is on the cards if bus firm’s staff reject Labour Court proposals

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe said forthcoming talks with trade unions would be ‘very, very difficult’.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Minister says additional 15m hours have been delivered under existing agreements

At present most public service staff pay about 5%  on average under the pension levy

Commission report will form basis for talks on successor to Lansdowne Road deal

Empty buses at the Broadstone Depot in Dublin during the Bus Éireann strike. Earlier this month members of Siptu voted by 67 per cent to 33 per cent in favour of taking industrial action in support of colleagues in Bus Éireann. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Company warns industrial action in support of Bus Éireann workers would be illegal

Public sector unions are likely to argue that the Government report does not take account of the 2009 pension levy. Photograph: iStock

Government report says cost of paying pensions to retired staff now €3.3 billion

Senior Government figures anticipate public servants receiving an annual pay rise of around 2 per cent over three years. File photograph: iStockPhoto

Public sector pensions now cost €3.3bn, new Government report reveals

IMO president Dr Ann Hogan  blamed ‘fake news’ and social media for a significant decline in take up of cancer-protecting HPV vaccination amongst young girls. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Health Minister says it’s time to ‘take on the scaremongers’ who are misinforming people

Consultants: “It is really frustrating for us as I am sure they are terribly expert at what they do but what they are not expert at is healthcare provision.”

Irish Medical Organisation says number of consultants resigning is increasing

Prior to the economic crash, public service staff were entitled to six months’ sick leave on full pay, followed by six months on half pay. In 2014 that was reduced to three months on full pay followed by three months on half pay. File photograph: iStockPhoto

PSEU conference hears some staff forced back to work prematurely over financial stress

Under  current proposals, the PSEU and the CPSU, which both have about 10,000 members - largely in the Civil Service - would join together with Impact, which has about 60,000 members across the wider public service. File photograph: iStockPhoto

‘Super union’ of PSEU, CPSU and Impact would have 80,000 members in public service

Delegates during the PSEU annual conference at the Clayton Hotel, Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

PSEU to seek pay restoration and end to requirement to work additional hours

Above, a file photo of a Psychiatric Nurses Association protest in 2013. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Nurses seek pay parity with therapy-grade staff in health service

TUI president Joanne Irwin at the union’s annual conference. Photograph: Tommy Clancy

TUI advocates say ballot plan will put ‘fire in belly’ of negotiators in forthcoming talks

 Catherine Greene, Michelle Greene and Keith Conway from Wicklow  at the TUI  conference   in Cork city. Photograph:  Daragh McSweeney/Provision

Strict deadlines could hamper prospect of securing new overall pay agreement

Joanne Irwin said it was an urgent issue as teachers are being attracted to other careers or countries, and there is a shortage of teachers in some subjects.  Photograph: Mark Stedman/RollingNews.ie

Accelerated €1,000 rise this month was only step in right direction, says TUI president

General secretary of the TUI John MacGabhann advised delegates to ‘pause before you press’. Photograph:  Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Union says some members have risked their employment over social media comments

TUI general secretary John MacGabhann also reiterated the union’s concern about proposed new legislation to establish technological universities. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

Annual conference hears move would yield €550million for embattled sector

The Fine Gael-Labour coalition introduced in 2011 new lower salary rates for chief executives appointed to commercial State companies following the economic crash. Photograph: Getty Images

‘Discontent’ in some firms at policy not to pay performance-related bonuses

The Association of Secondary Teachers of Ireland have suffered after reputiating the Lansdowne Road agreement, while the Teachers’ Union of Ireland and the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation have benefited from pay increments. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Unions under pressure to dismantle two-tier pay gap and achieve full pay restoration

Busáras in Dublin during the Bus Éireann strike. Monday marks day 18 of the industrial action. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Siptu official says all sides want to resolve dispute when talks resume on Monday

Busáras in Dublin remains empty as the Bus Éireann strike continues. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Sources describe the Workplace Relations Commission negotiations as ‘challenging’

 Busáras in Dublin. The Bus Éireann strike has halted all services with exception of school buses. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Talks process at the Workplace Relations Commission described as ‘slow’

 Eoin Ronayne, general secretary of the Civil Public & Services Union: lower-paid clerical staff remained up to €2,000 a year out of pocket on foot of cuts imposed following the economic crash. Photograph: Eric Luke

CPSU wants added hours removed by June and ‘real pay rises’ in talks with Government

Eoin Ronayne of the  Civil Public and Services Union: those earning up to €38,000 will have to be lifted out of austerity-era cuts. Photograph: Eric Luke

Austerity-era cuts have left some staff up to €2,000 poorer, Civil Service forum to hear

Direct negotiations between Bus Éireann unions and management, as well as talks mediated by officials of the Workplace Relations Commission, took place on Thursday. Photograph: Alan Betson

Pickets remain in place at Bus Éireann depots as talks continue

The NBRU and Siptu say the strike at Bus Éireann will  continue    while talks on resolving the dispute at the company  will continue at the Workplace Relations Commission. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Unions insist pickets not to be stopped amid talks at Workplace Relations Commission

Bus Eireann, around Busaras in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

NBRU and Siptu insist pickets will not be lifted while new negotiations are underway

 NBRU General Secretary Dermot O’Leary, speaking to Striking Bus Eireann workers near Leinster House. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Bus Éireann has clocked up €1.3m in fines so far because of strike

The scene at Ringsend garage last Friday as Dublin Bus workers stopped work in support of their Bus Éireann colleagues. Photograph: Frank Miller

NBRU and Siptu bosses claim convening of new talks would not end industrial action

Members of the ASTI on strike at Beneavin De La Salle College, Dublin, last year. Further industrial action looms following the union’s plan to ballot members  over potential redundancies.  Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

More disruption at second level looms as prospect of further strike action re-emerges

 NBRU members on strike at the Broadstone Depot, Phibsboro, Dublin last week. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimon

CIE warns it plans to seek potentially millions in compensation from National Bus and Rail Union

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

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