The review suggested that consultants’ basic salaries ranged from about €123,000 to €190,000.

Pay for medical specialists catching up with Australian rates, spending review says

Fórsa  said  it was concerned at growing shortages of health and social care professionals at Our Lady of Lourdes hospital in Drogheda, Co Louth. file photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Fórsa says dispute centres on job losses and staffing levels

Ryanair staff unions in Ireland, Britain and Portugal have  announced plans to strike in the coming weeks over pay and conditions. Photograph: PA Wire

Talks aimed at averting Irish strike begin


Acute hospitals also face restrictions as figures show HSE deficit nearing €170 million

File photo. Photograph: Alan Betson

Strike plans have been signalled over two-tier pay structure and staffing issues

Minister for Health Simon Harris. Medical organisations maintain introducing pay parity for all consultants would cost about €40 million. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Two-tier system to be rectified as health authorities struggle to recruit medical specialists

Consultant psychiatrist Dr Matthew Sadlier said: “The Government’s recklessly belligerent attitude is radicalising our members who are now considering the need to withdraw services until pay parity is restored.” File image: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

IMO says Government must take action on pay and recruitment issues by September

INMO: nearly 9,500 hospital patients who were deemed to require admission had to wait on trolleys or chairs for a bed

INMO reports 9,439 people had to wait on trolleys or chairs for a bed

Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown, Dublin. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Connolly Hospital facility to open from 10am to 5pm, Monday to Friday only

Many industrial relations observers have pointed to the financial package that resolved the nurses’ strike last spring as the catalyst for the difficulties facing the Government’s current pay agreement. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

Fórsa keen to lead 80,000 membership in any pay process, not be seen to follow others

Fórsa general secretary Kevin Callinan. File photograph: Laura Hutton/The Irish Times

Fórsa issues warning amid calls for review of pay agreement due to rising inflation

Air Corps training aircraft fly over the Spire in Dublin. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Proposed initiative is aimed at improving capacity for training pilots in the Air Corps

Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown. Consultants  have called for the opening of the new children’s urgent-care service at the hospital to be delayed. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Urgent-care centre represents first element of new national children’s hospital

Action would have led to significant disruption to mental health services

In a statement on Tuesday the HSE said that it was ‘very concerned about the impact the action will have on patients in many 24/7 psychiatric facilities nationwid’. Photograph: iStock

Psychiatric nurses’ overtime ban will have significant impact on patients , HSE warns

Hiqa said its main priority was to ensure the safety and care of vulnerable persons in receipt of healthcare services.

HSE plan to cap deficit at €100m linked to watchdog having ‘due regard’ to resources

Stewarts Care has invested heavily to allow it deal with criticisms set out by Hiqa; this led to a €6.2 million unauthorised deficit. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

HSE has 1,030 more staff on payroll than officially permitted

An organisations providing services for people with disabilities has informed the families of some of its clients that they may have been affected by the inappropriate use of their funds.

Review being carried out into ‘unacceptable use’ of monies belonging to people with disabilities

An overtime ban put in place by the PNA earlier this month caused significant difficulties in some part of the mental health services. Photograph: iStock

Lack of meaningful progress over recruitment and retention difficulties, union says


Management at service provider for people with disabilities told HSE of ‘legacy’ practices

More than 19,000  children in Ireland were waiting longer than 12 months to see a specialist. Photograph: iStock

Consultants warn children face restrictions to timely care because of staff shortage

The Irish Hospital Consultants Association  and the Irish Medical Organisation have said there are  about 500 hospital consultant posts  vacant around the county. Photograph: Getty Images

Shortage of consultants means centre at Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown will only initially open in daytime hours

The cost of the nurses’ deal, which has now escalated to close to €50m this year, was to have been offset by new savings and productivity measures. Photograph: Getty Images

Government declines to say how much will be generated by new productivity proposals

Hundreds of ambulance personnel are to stage a 24-hour strike from Friday afternoon. File photograph: Alan Betson

HSE does not recognise PNA for ambulance personnel

Minister for Health Simon Harris, right, with HSE chief executive  Paul Reid and Sláintecare executive director Laura Magahy, at  Wednesday’s announcement. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The dismantling of the bureaucratic apparatus will call for redundancies in management

Minister for Health Simon Harris during Wednesday’s announcement on Sláintecare. Mr Harris  announced plans to establish six new regional bodies to operate hospital and community services. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister says there are no plans for a redundancy scheme in the HSE

Minister for Health Simon Harris announced the new reforms on Wednesday. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister for Health outlines new reforms, saying the HSE was ‘never fit for purpose’

INMO general secretary Phil Ní Sheaghdha: ‘Refusing to fill vacant posts is adding fuel to the flames.’  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Government insists staffing restrictions are necessary to tackle rising health spending

Minister for Health Simon Harris said his private secretary knew there was an issue in relation to an individual woman. Photograph: Gareth Chaney, Collins

Chairman of review into latest cervical controversy says process will be independent

 Following the three-day strike by nurses and midwives, the Government agreed in February to a package of proposals brokered at the Labour Court, including a new, enhanced contract for nurses. File photograph: Alan Betson

Ministers accept it will be impossible to avoid another bailout for health service

Ambulance personnel striking on January 22nd at the ambulance service facility on the Davitt Road, Dublin. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Operation of new payroll system has left workers ‘short changed,’ trade union says

A cervical cancer cell

HSE says it became aware of an IT issue at US laboratory analysing tests in February

A Labour Court process aimed at resolving a dispute involving up to 10,000 health support staff will resume. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Dispute around payment of wage increases after job-evaluation scheme

Psychiatric nurses in three units in Dublin had to spend 36 continuous hours on duty as there was insufficient personnel to relive them. File Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Union says community mental health services curtailed as overtime ban introduced

Minister for Health Simon Harris:  said a sustained overtime ban would have an adverse impact on services for patients. Photograph: Alan Betson

Psychiatric nurse overtime ban is intensifying pressure on HSE and Government

Tenders at Dublin Fire Brigade on Pearse Street.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Union says a number of fire engines had to be taken out of service for staffing reasons

Workers attend an emergency meeting at the Mountdillon plant in Co Longford, on Thursday.  Photograph: Shelley Corcoran

Shockwaves as 150 workers lose jobs in wake of ESB Longford peat-fired plant closure

Minister for Health Simon Harris: ‘We need to have a situation where people enter the Workplace Relations Commission or the Labour Court in other cases that they do not engage in industrial action during that time.’ Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Minister says taking industrial action while talks are under way is a ‘worrying trend’

Siptu urged its members in health service support grades “to continue to prepare for strike action, possibly the week after next”.   Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Talks aimed at resolving pay dispute were adjourned late on Wednesday night

The national minimum wage is likely to be increased to about €10.10 per hour for adult workers from next year.

Low Pay Commission recommends rise of ‘about 30 cent per hour’ for adults

The HSE said the industrial action was ‘likely to have a significant impact on services’

Members of the Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA) begin overtime ban

Photograph: Getty

HSE report says payments for breaks were sometimes invoiced even if not approved

Psychiatric nurses are to stage a de facto overtime ban from Thursday July 11 in protest at what they described as a lack of meaningful progress in dealing with recruitment and retention difficulties in the mental health services.   File Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Union says no meaningful progress in talks on recruitment and retenion problems

Director general of the HSE Paul Reid and Minister for Health Simon Harris at the inaugural meeting of the new HSE board. Photograph: Alan Betson

Taoiseach indicates HSE may be provided with additional money to fund nurse pay deal

‘I am determined to always stand up for fairness and the employment rights of low-paid and precarious workers,’ said the Minister. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Legislation will ban employers from using tips to make up staff contractual wages

Hospital healthcare assistants, laboratory aides, technicians and porters warned that a one-day strike earlier this month would be followed by three days of action. Photograph: Getty Images

Dispute centres on payment of increases under job-evaluation scheme

Minister for Finance  Paschal Donohoe and Minister of State for Defence Paul Kehoe announced an increase in the military service allowance paid to virtually all members of the Defence Forces of 10 per cent. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Teachers seeking reversal of cuts made to their allowances on foot of deal with military

If they remain, the Government’s measures will be seen to have succeeded. If large numbers leave, Minsters will face significant problems. File photograph: The Irish Times

Hopes pinned on package of €10m in increased allowances and potential future rises

Military service allowance, paid to virtually all ranks, is to be raised by 10 per cent.

Paul Keogh says private sector would ‘take your hand off’ for similar offer of 4.1%

Members of the Defence Forces are set to see their take-home earnings rise immediately. File photograph

Pay Commission to say it was constrained by terms of reference when making recommendations

Defence Forces on a UN interim force in Lebanon. Photograph: Defence Forces Press Office

Members to see immediate rise in take-home pay with €10.1m package of allowances

Official projections suggest the numbers of pilots in place may be close to 30 per cent lower than the approved levels. File photograph

Report to highlight challenges in retaining military pilots, propose allowance increases

Free GP care is already provided to children under the age of six. File photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Doctors say agreement in place to start talks on extension, announcement is premature

The HSE does not recognise the PNA or its Nasra branch as a representative body for ambulance personnel. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

National Ambulance Service Representative Association to stage rally at Leinster House

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  at the Irish Congress of Trade Unions’ biennial conference in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Varadkar tells unions it is unfair people on low income pay higher tax rate

The €10.1 million package of measures will centre on increases in allowances paid to members of the Defence Forces rather than rises in core pay. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ministers to consider plans for increases in allowances for up to 2,500 staff

Ictu president Sheila Nunan said lowering tax rates had superficial appeal for workers but was a deliberate sleight of hand. Photograph: Laura Hutton

Conference told lowering tax base a sleight of hand as cost of services transfers to workers

File image of an Air Corps helicopter  in Co Wicklow. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

Ministers to examine proposals for €10.1m package to improve staff retention

Health support workers on strike outside St James’s Hospital on Wednesday in Dublin as a total of 10,000 hospital workers went on strike. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Siptu suspends strikes due to take place next week at request of Labour Court

Siptu-represented  hospital workers are planning three days of strikes next week. Photograph: Cate McCurry/PA Wire

Union in dispute with Government over pay for support personnel

Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe speaks to media on the conclusion of the National Economic Dialogue at Dublin Castle on Thursday. Photograph: Alan Betson

HSE imposes cap on overtime and agency staff as first quarter deficit exceeds €103m

Paul Reid says message from Government on spending and provision of services  ‘could not be clearer’.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Paul Reid says no manager has the authority to overspend on their allocated budget

The national children’s hospital overrun will result in healthcare needing an additional €107 million  in 2020, €120 million in 2021 and €150 million in 2022.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Health authority claims planned investments in new facilities now impossible

 Health support staff during strike action at St James’s Hospital in Dublin city centre on Wednesday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Talks to take place on Thursday in an attempt to avert three more strikes by health staff

Health support are pictured during their 24-hour  strike outside St James’s Hosptial in Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins.

Siptu agrees to further WRC talks in attempt to halt three further days of action next week

It is estimated that paying the increases being sought, including for chefs, would cost about €19 million a year. File photograph: iStock

Job evaluation scheme shows workers entitled to pay increases, says Siptu

The HSE submitted a paper to Minister for Health Simon Harris’s department outlining ‘savings in the order of €500 million in 2019’. Photograph: Tom Honan

Government warns that significant savings are integral to national service plan

Given the lateness of the deferral of the strike, there still could be disruptions in hospitals and healthcare facilities. Photograph: iStock

Siptu warns of further possible strikes by healthcare assistants, lab aides and porters

Given the lateness of the deferral of the strike, there still could be some disruptions in hospitals and healthcare facilties.

Move follows intervention of the Workplace Relations Commission on Wednesday

Irish Army Ranger wing in Chad in 2008. Some 731 personnel departed  the forces in 2018 when 612 new recruits joined the Army, Navy and Air Corps.

Exit of 119 staff in 2018 largest in nearly decade as report on pay to be considered

‘School secretaries have done everything short of industrial action in their campaign for fair pay’

Fórsa union members in dispute over pay rates due to ‘discriminatory status’ compared to those employed by State

Gerry Adams said vote management issues had cost the party

 Patients face waiting up to 50 working days for being added to waiting lists for treatment, a new report has found. Photograph: iStock

Audits reveal hospitals not complying with waiting-list management protocol

Fórsa assistant general secretary Ashley Connolly says that, if left unchecked, the development of app-controlled piecework will be bad for the economy. Photograph: Alan Betson

Fórsa says law must protect people against ‘19th-century’ exploitation in gig economy

Photograph: Alan Betson

First of two strike days an escalation of dispute over trade union representation

Kevin Callinan told Fórsa’s services and enterprises conference in Sligo on Thursday a key part of the vision for social Europe was effective social dialogue involving trade unions, employers and the GovernmentFile photograph: Laura Hutton

Callinan says exploratory talks on fall-out from nurses’ deal still ongoing

The conference passed a motion calling on the union, in the wake of the concessions secured by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation in its recent dispute, to pursue a claim for a similar deal.

Fórsa members also look for reduction in working week to 35 hours

Fórsa says 60% of respondents uncomfortable discussing such issue with their manager

Members of the Defence Forces, Army, Navy and Aer Corp at the GPOin Dublin during the Easter Sunday Commemoration, marking the 103rd Anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Officers unimpressed by ‘conservative’ proposals from Public Service Pay Commission

Siptu health service support staff such as healthcare assistants, laboratory aides as well as porters and cleaners backed strike action by 94 per cent. Photograph: Alan Betson

Union warns industrial action will ‘lead inevitably to impact on services to public’

Siptu had initially announced that it would ballot about 7,000 health service staff, mainly healthcare assistants and laboratory assistants, for strike action arising from a job-evaluation process . However it later decided to expand this ballot to cover all support staff in 36 hospitals countrywide, including porters, security personnel and cleaners

Siptu to announce result of ballot for industrial action over pay issues on Friday

Minister for Health Simon Harris said the HSE would fill approximately 2,000 additional approved and funded development posts this year. File photograph: Laura Hutton/The Irish Times

Minister insists no recruitment embargo in place in health service

National Ambulance Service  staff take part in a picket outside an ambulance station on Dublin’s Davitt Road last month. Photograph: Tom Honan

Ongoing dispute with HSE centres on trade union representation rights

Paul Reid has sought an immediate review of ‘actions and timelines to bring about a financial break-even’ situation. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Managers will be held to account to break even, says Paul Reid in first full day in job

The Public Service Pay Commission is likely to propose increases in military service allowances for Army personnel  and to patrol duty allowances for Naval Service members, sources said. Photograph: Alan Betson

Top-ups to take-home income likely to be made in form of increased allowances

US  President Donald Trump attends a campaign rally in Panama City, Florida, last week. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Unite passes motion opposing US president’s ‘racism, sexism and warmongering’

Ictu says employers in some sectors such as accommodation, food and retail are seeking to ‘work people as hard as they can for as long as they can for as little as they can’. Photograph: iStock

Union conference warned of climate change impact: ‘There are no jobs on a dead planet’

Under the Government policy, all children up to 16 years would receive eight oral healthcare packages. File photograph: Getty

Government scheme founded on ‘deluded and dangerously misleading’ assumptions

Joan Donegan said membership of Irish Federation of University Teachers continued to grow as the organisation gave priority to focusing on the issue of precarious employment in higher education.

Trade union membership declining sharply, conference of university teachers union told

Minister for Health Simon Harris was speaking at the annual conference of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) Trim on Friday. File photograph: Dara McDonaill/The Irish Times

Nurses conference urges Minister for Health to end current recruitment pause in health service

Speaking ahead of the annual conference of the Association of Higher Civil and Public Servants on Friday, its general secretary Ciaran Rohan said it was 11 years since his members last had a pay increase. Photograph: Getty

‘The financial emergency is long over, and our members played no small part in ensuring our economic recovery was secured’

 Forsa’s local government conference backed motions calling for the defence of the terms and conditions of members who currently provide water services in local authorities, and for a referendum to ensure water services remain in public ownership

Government wants to move relevant staff from councils to water utility firm by 2021

 Fórsa national secretary Peter Nolan: ‘The injustice highlighted was an important one that goes to the heart of equality in employment.’ File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A 5% increase for senior executives was recommended in 2007 but it remains unpaid

Up to 70 jobs are to go at the Mondelez confectionary plant in Coolock in north Dublin as part of a major restructuring. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Owner Mondelez to cut workforce but is investing €15m in north Dublin factory

An automated robot arm being used in a factory. Photograph: Getty Images/iStock

Trade union says technological advancement should not come at the cost of jobs or services

Forsa indicated it would seek talks on reducing working hours for State employees to pre-crisis levels as part of a mid-term review of the existing public service pact with the Government. File photograph: Getty

Largest union in sector Forsa signals intent to seek review of existing Government deal

Senior general secretary designate of Fórsa Kevin Callinan said “advances in new technologies and work organisation could defray much of the cost of reduced working time in the public service and elsewhere”. File photograph: Laura Hutton

Fórsa disputes Government’s claim removing extra hours would cost about €600m a year

The Department of Public Expenditure estimates that the abolition of  additional public service hours could cost more than €620m. Photograph: Getty Images

Concessions to nurses on foot of their strike earlier this year has encouraged unions to move

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe:  has scheduled a series of bilateral meetings with Ministers in an attempt to rein in expenditure and hold departments to their budgets.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Government estimates measure would cost more than €600 million

Ambulance staff stage a work stoppage last month at the ambulance facility on Davitt Road, Dublin in February. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Nasra members to strike over HSE recognition

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