Dr Donal de Buitléir: chair of the new Low Pay Commission which will advise the Government on the rate of the national minimum wage. File photograph: Paddy Whelan

Former banker and HSE Board member Dr Donal de Buitléir has been made chair of the Government’s new Low Pay Commission. The commission will advise the(...)

Patricia King and outgoing General Secretary David Begg in Dublin. King was a lead negotiator in the talks with the Government that led to both the Croke Park and the Haddington Road agreements. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Patricia King takes the helm of the Irish trade union movement at a time when it is emerging from one of the most difficult periods in its 121 -year h(...)

Patricia King  has been appointed as the new general secretary of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions. Photograph: The Irish Times/Frank Miller

Siptu vice president Patricia King is to be the new general secretary of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (Ictu), the umbrella body for the trade un(...)

 Ged Nash: his spokeswoman identified inducements to workers not to join a trade union and victimisation of trade union activists as key issues. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Unions and employers gave mixed responses to the publication of legislation to reform industrial relations procedures in cases where employers do not (...)

Head of the Labour Relations Commission Kieran Mulvey has said competition between companies on the basis of labour costs in some parts of the economy was “inimical” to harmonious industrial relations.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Striking down of wage-setting mechanisms that set a floor on terms and conditions for tens of thousands of workers in particular sectors has led to an(...)

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(...)

Still from a video posted on YouTube showing Bret King with his son Ashya, explaning why he was taken by his parents from hospital without doctors’ consent. Photograph: Naveed King/YouTube/PA Wire

The British parents who sparked a major manhunt by taking their seriously ill son out of hospital last week have asked a Spanish court not to extradit(...)

A joint HSE-Dublin City Council review of the emergency ambulance service was announced last month. Photograph: Alan Betson

A review of Dublin’s emergency ambulance service is proceeding as planned and has not been suspended, the HSE has said. (...)

The review of Dublin’s emergency ambulance service is proceeding as planned and has not been suspended, the HSE said today. It said “cont(...)

Crew at Dublin City Hall for the Dublin Fire Brigade Ambulance Service protest from Tara Street fire station. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne

Dublin city manager Owen Keegan has suspended a review of emergency ambulance services in the city, a demonstration of up to 500 members of Dublin (...)