Unions  decided to ballot members for industrial action after  Irish Water said it intended ‘to reduce the local authority workforce in the company by up to 1,500 by 2021’.

Local authority workers providing services for Irish Water have voted for industrial action in a dispute over proposed staffing cuts. In ballots count(...)

Central Bank: has confirmed about 30 of its staff are receiving “retention payments” worth 21 per cent of their salary. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The Government insisted last night that the Central Bank “must continue to operate” under the rules of the Fempi legislation that limits public sec(...)

 Irish hospital costs are 80 per cent higher than the EU average, the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform has estimated. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Costs in Irish hospitals are 80 per cent higher than the EU average, the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform has estimated, in an internal pap(...)

Earlier this year, staff at the two State-owned bus companies, Dublin Bus and Bus Éireann,  went on strike on foot of a decision by the National Transport Authority to put 10 per cent of existing services out to tender. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Unions representing workers in Bus Éireann and Dublin Bus are pressing the Government to change legislation which they fear could lead to privatisatio(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

A senior executive at Tallaght Hospital has warned he will take High Court action if the hospital goes ahead with an investigation into complaints mad(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton: Will also promise to increase the national minimum wage over the coming years. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

All State employees as well as those working for contractors employed by public bodies will be paid the living wage if the Labour Party is returned to(...)

Ianród Éireann also said it welcomed the Labour Court proposals. Photograph: The Irish Times

The Labour Court has recommended a new process of talks between management and unions at Ianród Éireann on productivity in a bid to resolve a dispute (...)

ESRI warns the model of universal health insurance set out by the Government in a White Paper last year would increase overall Irish healthcare expenditure by at least 3.5 per cent and as much as 11 per cent. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) has urged the Government to review its proposed model of universal health insurance given its pot(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: Will urge the Government to undertake further research into the most appropriate system of universal health insurance. Photograph:Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Government’s original model of universal health insurance, proposed by former Minister for Health James Reilly, would have increased the cost of r(...)

CIÉ has said it has not proposed any changes to the current funding arrangements in place for the pension schemes of staff employed in the State-owned(...)