Professor John McHale. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Government needs to stick to an adjustment of €2 billion in the budget as any “backtracking on planned adjustments could suggest a worrying weaken(...)

Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore who said today the point of economic policy was to create jobs and improve living standards for everyone. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The next time the Government discusses pay with public service unions it will be with a view to increasing, not cutting, wages, Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore(...)

Union says if the Government achieves its target of a deficit of less than 3 per cent next year, public service unions would lodge a pay claim.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The country’s largest public service trade union has indicated that State employees will seek pay increases next year if the economy continues to impr(...)

Who runs Ireland?

THE POLITICIANS ENDA KENNY Taoiseach Kenny holds the most powerful political position in the land. He is chief of the Cabinet, has the f(...)

Unite regional secretary Jimmy Kelly described attacks on working people as a “war”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The trade union movement is to mount “a vigorous and robust” campaign in a bid to force the Government to repeal financial emergency legislation which(...)

Impact general secretary Shay Cody said revised deal contained improved proposals, including ring-fenced flexitime and work-sharing arrangements. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan.

The Republic’s largest union, Siptu, has urged its members in the public service to accept the revised proposals on reducing the public service(...)

For a week every year public attention, through the national media, focuses on what teachers have to say. Throughout the rest of the year we la(...)

Shay Cody, general secretary of Impact, with the  draft agreement  following talks on Croke Park II  at Ballsbridge,  Dublin, last evening. He said the deal that members were being asked to vote on was “without a doubt the most challenging proposition put to public servants in living memory”. Photograph: Eric Luke

Thousands of public sector workers have been issued with ballot papers on the Croke Park II deal by Impact, the State’s largest public sector t(...)