Brendan Howlin: he said Government departments and agencies would receive greater autonomy to manage their staffing as part of public service reforms

Following the economic crash the Government at central level introduced very firm controls over the numbers employed in the public service. The Depar(...)

The Teachers’ Union of Ireland  has said it is deeply concerned over what it termed the precarious employment status and income poverty of new and recent entrants to the teaching profession. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Teachers in about 350 secondary schools are planning to stage a one-day strike on Wednesday, February 24th, two days before the general election. The(...)

HSE chief executive Tony O’Brien. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Department of Health was deeply concerned and unhappy with elements of the draft spending plan for this year drawn up by the HSE last autumn, offi(...)

A file image of INMO members working at  St Vincent’s Hospital holding a  protest outside the hospital in Dublin last year.  Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Nurses in hospital emergency departments have voted to accept new proposals aimed at tackling overcrowding. Members of the Irish Nurses and Midwives(...)

Operator of the Luas system, Transdev, has told staff any industrial action, including the work-to-rule and overtime ban, will lead to staff losing out on annual bonus payments of between €2,500 and €3,000. Photograph: The Irish Times

There has been no noticeable disruption to Luas services this weekend following the introduction of a work-to-rule and an overtime ban ahead of strike(...)

Regional authorities in Russia have instructed employees of  educational institutions to wear face masks as a prevention against the spread of swine flu. Photograph: Reuters/Ilya Naymushin

A child has died in a Dublin hospital from the H1N1 strain of influenza which was responsible for the 2009 swine flu outbreak. In a statement on Thur(...)

The union is look for a pay increase of between 3 per cent and 5 per cent for bus drivers, on top of the payment of a previously agreed rise of between 6 and 13 per cent. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Staff in Bus Éireann and Dublin Bus who are represented by the National Bus and Rail Union (NBRU) are to seek substantial pay increases. The union sa(...)

Siptu divisional organiser Paul Bell said his union’s members were now being “victimised and marginalised”.

Benefits secured by nurses represented by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) as part of a recent deal aimed at averting planned strikes(...)

Irish Congress of Trade Unions general secretary Patricia King. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The vast bulk of members of the out-going Fine Gael parliamentary party have declined to back a charter drawn up by the trade union movement setting o(...)

John MacGabhann (right) general secretary of the TUI at a demonstration in Blackrock, Dublin, in 2014. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times/Files

The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) has warned there will be further industrial action in institutes of technology if there is no response by Governm(...)