Jimmy Kelly of Unite says many employers see labour as “nothing more than a commodity, to be picked up and discarded as convenient”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Two out of every five workers in Ireland are reliant on insecure contracts, a conference heard today. The secretary of the Unite Ireland trade union s(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton: said that any PRSI anomalies arising from the recommendations in the Low Pay Commission report would be addressed in the forthcoming budget. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Unite trade union has urged the Government not to reduce employers’ PRSI to compensate for a planned increase in the national minimum wage. Unite(...)

Ibec’s Danny McCoy: claimed the real value of the minimum wage had actually increased during the crisis. Photograph: Eric Luke.

Business groups and the restaurants sector have strongly opposed any increase in the minimum wage of €8.65 ahead of reports that the Low Pay Commissio(...)

Unite regional secretary Jimmy Kelly speaks at the union’s policy conference in Dublin today

Workers could be forced to negotiate with their employers through what would essentially be internal “company unions” under planned Government reforms(...)

Unite regional secretary Jimmy Kelly said: “Not only does Ireland now have a low-pay crisis – we also have a widening gap between wages at the bottom, which are falling, and those at the top which are rising.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The national minimum wage should be increased by €1 to €9.65, the trade union Unite has urged. It said an increase in the national minimum wage should(...)

Former billionaire Sean Quinn, who is due to emerge from a three-year term of bankruptcy later this week. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

The preferred bidder for the former Quinn Group glass business on the Cavan-Fermanagh border has promised to maintain employment in the plant, the c(...)

Former Waterford Crystal workers at a Unite rally outside Leinster House last year  calling on the Government to protect the workers’ pension entitlements

The 1,770 former Waterford Crystal workers – along with the broader business community in the city – will undoubtedly be raising a glass this Christma(...)

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton said a mediated process had been a “very good outcome” for the former Waterford Crystal workers. Photograph: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

A deal that has settled the long-running Waterford Crystal pensions dispute will cost taxpayers €180 million. A sum of €41 million will be made availa(...)

Cigarette maker JTI Gallaher announced plans to shut its factory in County Antrim with the loss of almost 1,000 jobs last month

The trade union Unite has produced a jobs-saving proposal which it claims could rescue 500 of the 876 jobs under threat at the Gallaher’s cigarette fa(...)

People taking part in the anti-water charges protest march in O’Connell Street, Dublin this afternoon. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Upwards of 50,000 people marched against water charges in Dublin today in one of the largest demonstrations seen in the capital in years. The marchers(...)