Patricia King, general secretary of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, said it was not an accident that the legislation in this area had not yet been published by the Government.  File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

There are “strong forces” at play who will walk over hot coals before they allow promised legislation to provide for greater collective bargaining rig(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel, who along with her French counterpart François Hollande,  has been notably quiet in their public comments on the trade pact. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

European Commission officials travel across the Atlantic next week for talks on the European Union-United States trade deal as the ninth round of n(...)

The life of Jack Harte, who has died aged 94, could be said to have typified much of not just Ireland’s, but Europe’s, experience in the twentieth cen(...)

Teachers’ Union of Ireland general secretary John MacGabhann: “We repudiate the morally dubious proposition that to motivate the rich you must further enrich them but that to motivate the poor you must further impoverish them.” Photograph: Dave Meehan

Teachers and lecturers may take strike action unless they are paid equally, regardless of when they began in the profession, following a decision tak(...)

Striking workers and union representatives on the picket line at Dunnes Stores on Henry Street, Dublin, last week. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times 2:04

Almost exactly 25 years ago, I was talking to the trade union organiser Peter Cassells, then general secretary of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions. (...)

Most employment lawyers say zero-hours contracts are unlikely to be used to any significant degree in Ireland

While there are growing accusations that employers are using zero- or low-hours contracts to exploit staff, there is no solid data available on how w(...)

Public service trade union leaders believe that talks with the Government on pay restoration will now begin in early May.

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin has said Government has the “capacity to start impacting on people’s pockets” when asked abo(...)

 Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin: “the economy could not sustain the immediate restoration of all those reductions.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Public service trade union leaders believe that talks with the Government on pay restoration will now begin in early May.The public service committe(...)

Candles for the victims of Germanwings Airbus fight sit on a table during a church service at the altar at the cathedral Notre Dame du Bourg  in Digne-les-Bains, France. Photgraph:  Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images

Media coverage of the Germanwings pilot Andreas Lubitz, who flew 149 people and himself into a mountainside in the French Alps last Tuesday, has been (...)

David Staunton: “Ecotherapy takes into account the feelings of loss, hopelessness and denial that many of us are living with due to the gross injustices – climate change, pollution, the mass extinction of birds, animals and plants – that nature and our planet experience”

‘Ecopsychology” is part of the solution to climate-change denial and inaction on global warming, according to David Staunton, an “ecopsychologist” (...)