Belfast Lord Mayor Arder Carson (above) took part in the annual May Day rally in Belfast

Thousands of trade union activists marched through the streets of Belfast on Saturday to mark the annual May Day rally highlighting workers’ struggles(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin has ruled out reversing cuts to public sector pay in “one big bang”. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Low-paid workers will be the major beneficiaries from the forthcoming talks on restoring public service pay, the Minister for Public Expenditure and R(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Another senior union official will today rule out additional productivity or reforms in return for pay restoration in the public service. (...)

Dublin Bus and Bus Éireann drivers who are members of Siptu and the NBRU are planning to strike over the May and June bank holidays. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Thousands of bus passengers face massive transport disruption in the coming weeks, with drivers at Dublin Bus and Bus Éireann planning to strike over (...)

Public service: lower-paid health workers want their pay concerns prioritised. Photograph: Alan Betson

Lower-paid staff in the public service want their pay concerns to be prioritised following new salary proposals put forward for hospital consultants(...)

Siptu’s Paul Bell: It is time for health workers to see a return of their lost earnings. Photograph: Eric Luke / THE IRISH TIMES

The next time the Government sits down with public service unions the aim will be to secure an agreement “that will see us into a new era beyond fisca(...)

Siptu vice-president Patricia King is expected to argue that Minister for Finance Michael Noonan should withdraw the reduction in VAT from 13.5 per cent to 9 per cent for the hospitality sector, “as the benefits have not been passed on to customers, employees or the exchequer”.

Ministers have urged employers in the hotel and restaurant sector to engage with unions as part of a reformed process for determining terms and condit(...)

Grand Canal Dock Dart station

It now seems inevitable that the State’s rail network will come to a standstill on Sunday and Monday. The strike may just be the first in a series of (...)

Staff at Greyhound claim they have been locked out by the company in a dispute over pay. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

The High Court has granted a temporary injunction preventing workers blocking trucks entering and leaving a premises of a waste disposal company that (...)

Labour Court recommendations to cut pay at Iarnród Éireann by between 1.7 and 6.1  per cent for a 28-month period were rejected over recent weeks by members of  Siptu and the National Bus and Rail Union (NBRU). Photograph: Bryan O’Brien /The Irish Times

Management and trade union sources at Iarnród Éireann have reported progress in talks aimed at reaching agreement on a cost-saving plan. It is expecte(...)