Pat Rabbitte: “The Labour Party’s continuing objectives in relation to USC is to continue to moderate it and to continue to restructure and reform it.” Photograph: Eric Luke/Irish Times

Labour TD Pat Rabbitte has said the idea of abolishing the Universal Social Charge (USC) as “fanciful”.“The notion that you can abolish it at a strok(...)

Siptu was alerted to the fact that some staff assaulted or injured at work in Tallaght hospital were being billed for the €100 emergency department charge. Photograph: David Sleator

Staff working in hospitals who are injured or assaulted at work should not be paying the €100 emergency department charge under any circumstances, ac(...)

Siptu is moving to make permanent 1,000 hospital support staff currently employed as part of a Government intern scheme. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA

The trade union Siptu has lodged a claim with the HSE to have 1,000 hospital support staff who are currently employed as part of a Government intern s(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan: hopes Irish Water followed  through on decision not to pay bonuses this year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Management at Irish Water and the trade union Siptu are to hold further talks in coming weeks on foot of moves by the company to end controversial bo(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has said he hopes Irish Water “amicably” follows through on a decision to not pay staff bonuses for this year given the “difficulties” at the utility company. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has said he hopes Irish Water “amicably” follows through on a decision to not pay staff bonuses for this year give(...)

Nurses and midwives are to protest in response to an increase in retention fees sought by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland. Photograph: David Cheskin/PA Wire

Nurses and midwives are set to protest today against a 50 per cent increase in retention fees being sought by their regulatory body, The Nursing and (...)

Minister for Business and Employment Ged Nash: said study into the extent of zero-hour contracts would be extended  to look at low-hour contracts for those working eight hours or fewer per week. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Minister for Business and Employment Ged Nash has said he will not shirk from tackling zero-hour or low-hour job contracts if it is considered that(...)

 Aer Lingus Planes at Dublin Airport. Photograph: Alan Betson

Efforts to resolve the dispute over a €750 million hole in the pension scheme operated jointly by Aer Lingus and the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) s(...)

In an article published in Siptu newspaper Liberty,  Jack O’Connor said the Government needed to invest in a proper water supply while retaining it under public ownership and control.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Government could have defused widespread public anger over water charges by proposing a more far-reaching tax credit in the recent budget, Siptu p(...)

Minister of State for Business and Employment Ged Nash who said he had come across zero-hour contracts in the  retail,  hospitality and  carer sector.

The Government is to establish a study to determine the extent and nature of the use of zero hours contracts for workers by Irish employers. Minister (...)