Chairman of the public service committee of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, Shay Cody, said  there would not be any changes to peoples’ terms and conditions as a result of the new talks process. “Productivity is something public servants deliver, day in, day out,” he said. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The first session of talks between the Government and trade unions on pay restoration for about 300,000 public service staff ended after 15 minutes.Go(...)

 Eoin Ronayne, general secretary of the Civil Public & Services Union, strongy criticised the growing gulf in pay which emerged in recent years between the highest and the lowest paid in the public service. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Lower-paid civil servants have said across-the-board percentage increases and the requirement for additional productivity measures would be unacceptab(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin said he will invite public service unions to talks after the Government receives exchequer figures for the first quarter.

There is no certainty that a deal can be reached between the Government and trade unions on pay restoration for public service staff, a senior officia(...)

 Eoin Ronayne, general secretary of the Civil Public and Services Union (CPSU). The CPSU said they are to seek a flat rate pay increase for lower-paid civil servants during forthcoming talks with the Government. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Lower-paid civil servants are to seek a flat rate increase in pay as part of forthcoming talks with the Government. The Civil Public and Services Unio(...)

CPSU general secretary Eoin Ronayne said it was agreed in the talks that led to the Haddington Road deal that the overall savings being sought by the Government would be determined on a pro-rata basis across the public service.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The union representing lower-paid civil servants has said there is no way its members will pick up any shortfall in the Government’s target for(...)

CPSU general secretary Eoin Ronayne said it was about time the Government began preparing to restore pay rates after years of austerity. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / IRISH TIMES

Lower-paid civil servants have demanded that they should receive priority from the Government in any restoration of pay rates in the public ser(...)

Anti-austeriy marchers on Dublin’s O’Connell last year. Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

Industry CorrespondentOrganisers of the planned anti-austerity march on Saturday week (October12th) are hoping that up to 10,000 people to participate(...)

General secretary of the CPSU Eoin Ronayne. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Lower-paid civil servants have voted to accept the proposed new Haddington Road agreement on public service pay.Members of the Civil Public and Servic(...)

Speaking in advance of the annual conference of the Civil Public and Services Union,  Eoin Ronayne said if there had been a small majority on the public service committee of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions in favour of the deal, there would have been real pressure on the No unions to walk away from Congress.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The trade union movement came very close to a split over the Croke Park II, the general secretary of the union representing lower-paid civil se(...)

Eoin Ronayne, general secretary of the Civil Public and Services Union,  said any new engagement with the Government had to based on working from “a blank page” and could not be simply about “tweaking” the proposals that were rejected. Photograph: Eric Luke

Any re-engagement by the Government with unions in relation to public service pay must be on the basis that the Croke Park II (...)