A ban on flat annual charges is set to come into force on July 1st next year but it is worth trying to save some money in the meantime. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

It’s almost impossible to avoid paying them, but for many of us, finding the most competitive deal on bin charges is a challenge. If you’re looking fo(...)

Landmark: The CN Tower in Toronto

Three of us fly into Toronto mid September and fly out of Boston mid October. Can you advise us on the best way to travel from Toronto (after spend(...)

Teachers Claire Grant and Jimmy Kelly picket  Newpark Comprehensive in Blackrock, Co Dublin. Two disputes in the education sector accounted for 54 per cent of the days lost last year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Are pent-up pressures for wage increases causing more industrial unrest in the economy? According to the Central Statistics Office (CSO), the number (...)

Greyhound Waste Recycling striking workers and their supporters outside the High Court in Dublin earlier this month during an application for orders preventing alleged illegal activity on the picket line. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Staff at the Greyhound waste company who have been engaged in a high-profile dispute over pay cuts in recent months are expected to vote on a new pack(...)

Many of the striking Greyhound workers who had earlier protested outside City Hall were also in the public gallery to hear councillors suspend standing orders and describe the strike as “a lock out”.

Dublin’s Lord Mayor and a majority of city councillors stood and applauded striking workers from the Greyhound Recycling and Recovery company, at t(...)

 A picket on Monday outside  Greyhound Recycling by supporters and workers at Crag Avenue, Clondalkin Industrial Estate, Dublin.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

Representatives of workers at Dublin waste management firm Greyhound are to attend the Labour Relations Commission today to discuss a pay-related dis(...)

Striking Greyhound workers and supporters arriving at City Hall last month, following a march from Liberty Hall, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Waste collections for thousands of homes in the Dublin 4 and 6 areas have been affected by a rally organised by striking Greyhound workers in Clondalk(...)

 Workers on strike at the Greyhound Recycling and Recovery buildings at Knockmitten Lane as replacement workers operate the waste collection trucks. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The trade union Unite has given €10,000 to support workers at the Greyhound waste recycling firm who have been on strike for more than a month.The wo(...)

Micheal Buckley of Greyhound: “I know the pay cuts we are looking for are big, but if [the workers] win, and get what they want, then we are out of business.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Even while Michael Buckley is painting a picture of a tough, competitive business in which his company’s cost base is, he says, not sustainable, he so(...)

Executive director of Greyhound Recycling Michael Buckley said he wants workers at his depot in Clondalkin, Dublin, to return to work under protest, at the rates he is seeking to impose, pending a “binding determination” by the Labour Relations Commission. Photograph: Alan Betson

Siptu has agreed pay rates with competitor companies in the waste industry that are lower than the rates Greyhound Recycling is seeking to impose, acc(...)