Unite regional secretary Jimmy Kelly said: “Not only does Ireland now have a low-pay crisis – we also have a widening gap between wages at the bottom, which are falling, and those at the top which are rising.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The national minimum wage should be increased by €1 to €9.65, the trade union Unite has urged. It said an increase in the national minimum wage should(...)

Unite said its cargo handlers and check-in staff employed by dnata at Heathrow, Gatwick and Manchester voted by more than 4-1 in favour of walkouts in protest at an imposed 2.2 per cent increase. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Airport check-in staff and cargo handlers in the UK have voted to go on strike on December 23rd and 24th in a dispute over pay.Unite said its members (...)

Waterford Crystal workers have voted to accept propsoals to resolve their pension difficulties. File photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Waterford Crystal workers have voted unanimously to accept proposals to resolve their pension difficulties. The 1,770 former Waterford Crystal workers(...)

Members at Irish Life had voted overwhelmingly to accept a Labour Court recommendation which would result in “a €5 million boost to workers’ pockets”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Lower-paid staff at insurance company Irish Life are to receive pay increases of up to 7 per cent in what the trade union Unite described as a “great (...)

Unite picke at Kishoge Community College in Lucan today. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

The trade union Unite today placed pickets on a school building site in west Dublin in a dispute over alleged under-payment of workers.The move follow(...)

 Former Waterford Crystal workers during  a Unite rally outside Leinster House in Dublin last year.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Former Waterford Crystal workers held a Walk for Justice protest in the city on Saturday to mark the fifth anniversary of their fight to secure pensio(...)

Iarnród Éireann described the savings required on its payroll costs as “critical” and said that if the engagement with trade unions next week failed to achieve progress, it would then move to implement the Labour Court recommendation. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Iarnród Éireann has warned staff that it will unilaterally introduce a controversial cost-saving plan including pay cuts if there is no agreement on c(...)

Disposable income has fallen by almost €3,000 since the onset of the recession, while the levels of those at risk of poverty, in consistent poverty(...)

Grangemouth oil refinery in east Scotland, which is threatened with closure with the loss of 800 jobs.  Photograph: Russell Cheyne/Reuters

The Strangers’ Bar in the House of Commons is an overly bright, wood-panelled room, with a small bar counter at one end. Its best attribute is the ter(...)

The EBS Building Society company headquarters in Dublin.  A threatened strike  over the payment of a bonus for staff has been averted following talks at the Labour Relations Commission.

The threat of strike action at EBS, a subsidiary of AIB, over the payment of a bonus for staff has been averted following talks at the Labour Relation(...)