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(...)

Dunnes Stores workers Audrey Quinn and Pauline Gray  picketing outside Dunnes Stores on Henry Street, Dublin on April 2nd. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Industrial action at Dunnes Stores by members of the Mandate trade union is expected to escalate in the weeks ahead.A union spokesman said a meeting o(...)

In Henry Street picketers were joined by former Dunnes strikers Mary Manning, Liz Deasy and Sandra Griffin, who in 1984 refused to handle South African fruit in protest at the apartheid regime. Photograph: The Irish Times 2:04

Dunnes Stores is coming under pressure from across the political spectrum to make moves to resolve what trade unions have described as the biggest pri(...)

Margaret Heffernan: accused of having a tempestuous management style. Photograph: Pat Langan

Whether it is with workers, unions, disgruntled former managers, rivals, banks or landlords, Dunnes Stores is a magnet for conflict. Margaret Hefferna(...)

Workers and union representatives on the picket line at Dunnes in  Henry Street, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

The trade union Mandate has said its one-day strike at Dunnes Stores was a “massive success” and warned that the dispute could escalate. The union’s (...)

Dunnes Stores workers, also  members of the Mandate trade union, pictured outside the Labour Court in October of last year. File photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has backed Dunnes Stores workers in seeking clarity on their working hours. More than 5,000 employees of the retailer who are mem(...)

Management at Dunnes Stores are attempting to intimidate staff planning industrial action next week, according to their trade union Mandate.  Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Management at Dunnes Stores are attempting to intimidate staff planning industrial action next week, according to their trade union Mandate. The union(...)

“If we achieve the predicted return to economic progress in Ireland and elsewhere, it is reasonable to predict that our finest researchers will avail of the opportunity to emigrate to where their work is more valued. The damage to our research programmes will be immense.” Photograph: Getty Images

While research faces significant obstacles in Europe, Ireland’s national research policy is facing an even more alarming crisis as it continues to ign(...)

Siptu said that a re-configuration of services at the Central Mental Hospital had led to an erosion of workers’ terms and conditions.

About 100 staff in the Central Mental Hospital who are members of the trade union Siptu are to share a compensation package of more than €2 million fo(...)

An oversight group for the Haddington Road Agreement has intervened in a bid to avert planned industrial action by prison officers. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Moves are underway aimed at averting forthcoming industrial action in the State’s prisons.The National Oversight Group of the Haddington Road Agreemen(...)