Fórsa general secretary Kevin Callinan has highlighted the need for unions to appear relevant to workers in sectors such as tech and pharma. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Fórsa chief says movement not being made ‘any stronger’ by failure of member groups to come together

The plan would see legislative reforms introduced over the medium term. Photograph: iStock

All employees will have to be provided with 30 days’ notice

Fórsa’s local government national secretary Peter Nolan said the decision to vote for industrial action followed a move by management to withdraw from Labour Court proceedings. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Fórsa seeks job evaluation scheme as ‘workers paid different rates in different counties’

Fórsa said  local authority staff will not agree to any transfer to Irish Water in the absence of a referendum to underpin public ownership and control of the utility.  File photograph: Fennells

Trade union Fórsa says ‘forced coercion’ of employees out of local authorities will be fought

The Department of Social Protection said last year about 400,000 people closed their PUP claim once the economy partially reopened. Photograph: Tom Honan

Department of Social Protection says vast majority do not involve misclaiming benefit

The trolley crisis is ‘rearing its head again’, says the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation. File photograph: iStock

INMO says 376 people waiting for hospital beds

The plan to relocate the maternity hospital to the campus of St Vincent’s University Hospital in south Dublin has been beset by delays for several years

Minister for Public Expenditure rejects proposals from Minister for Health to exempt project from spending rules

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly addresed the annual conference of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) on Friday. File photograph: Sascha Steinbach/EPA

INMO president tells Health Minister nurses are ‘not looking for a pat on the back or a kind word’

The IMO has told its members it is entitled to negotiate the terms of the new Sláintecare contract with Government on their behalf. Photograph: iStock

Doctors to be offered salaries ranging from €190,000 to €227,000 for working in public system only

The conference on Friday is set to hear from nurses who will describe persistant symptoms months after they contracted coronavirus. File photograph: The Irish Times

Taoiseach’s address to INMO forum signals effort ongoing as how best this could be done

The letter to staff said that Mr Watt had identified to the HSE that St John of God Community Services was ‘a significant and important service provider for the State’. Photograph: iStock

Disability and mental health service providers conducting sustainability assessment

ESB technicians, members of the Independent Workers’ Union,  during a strike outside the ESB South Lotts depot in Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

No further strikes planned at present, and ESB says action is ‘unlawful’

The IHCA and IMO argue  that the two-tier pay system is directly responsible for the inability of hospitals to fill up to 700 consultant positions on a permanent basis.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Salary range of between €189,000 and €227,000 set to be offered initially

The Supreme Court had found recently that two aspects of the existing Workplace Relations Commission legislation introduced in 2015 were incompatible with the Constitution. Photograph: Alan Betson

Department of Enterprise to introduce urgent legislation following court ruling

Under the Labour Court proposals, the new minimum age of retirement under the scheme for those under age 60 at present would be 63 years. Photograph: Alan Betson

Scheme for managers and administrative staff has deficit of estimated €550m

The Health Service Executive sent recommendations on the revised plan to Government yesterday ahead of today’s Cabinet meeting. File photograph: Getty

Same approach will apply to under-50s as to over-50s following high-level discussions

Trade unions representing staff at Bus Éireann oppose the National Transport Authority  putting routes out to tender.  File photograph: Aidan Crawley

Services include Dublin-Drogheda routes 101, 101X and 133, 131 between Dublin and Wicklow

Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien has argued the measure could free up more than 9,000 vacant properties that are currently not being rented as 80 per cent of any income raised would have to go towards the owner’s nursing home costs. File photograph: iStock

Department concerned some families may abuse measure by pushing older people into residential care to access income

The dispute centres on what the Independent Workers’ Union describes as a lack of consultation and meaningful discussion about the outsourcing of work. File photograph: Laura Hutton

Company says stoppage is ‘unnecessary’ and has had ‘limited’ impact

HSE chief executive Paul Reid said almost 200,000 vaccinations were carried out last week. Photograph: Alan Betson

HSE issues 707,000 vaccines during April with more than 200,000 to be administered this week

Minister for Public Expenditure Michael McGrath is set to  tell the Cabinet new reform plans in education, health, higher education, local government and the Irish Prison Service are to be signed off and published by  May 15th. Photograph: Alan Betson

Group to look at cost and service implications of rolling back hours added in 2013

Medical workers at the Citywest Covid-19 vaccination centre in Dublin. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Between 220,000 and 240,000 vaccinations scheduled for this week

Dr Tony Holohan, chief medical officer, says  the pandemic has dealt every person in Ireland an unfair hand in different and diverse ways. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Chief medical officer advises those vaccinated to get outdoors and see one another again

The Citywest Covid-19 vaccination centre in Dublin. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Up to 240,000 Covid-19 vaccines could be issued next week, says Paul Reid

Pay for the Sláintecare contract will rise to  €210,000-€252,000 when all cuts under financial emergency legislation imposed after the economic crash are restored for higher-earning public service staff by mid-2022.

Sláintecare talks between Government and medical representatives to start next week

The funding model for homecare has been a subject of debate for several years. File photograph: iStock

Funding model for sector remains under examination, says Department of Health

The 1951 scheme at CIÉ is a defined benefit arrangement and, based on 40 years’ service, the pension payment involves 50 per cent final salary and a lump sum of one and a half  years’ pay. Photograph: Alan Betson

Provision for managers and white-collar grades ‘non-compliant’ with legislation

ESB technicians, who are members of the Independent Workers’ Union, pictured on strike outside the ESB South Lotts depot in Dublin on April 23rd. The members are taking part in a second 24-hour strike on Thursday. File photograph: Laura Hutton

Company seeking damages from union and warns strikers of ‘financial implications’

Technicians belonging to the Independent Workers’ Union on strike outside the ESB South Lotts depot in Dublin on Friday April 23rd. Further strike action, which the union says has been prompted by a lack of consultation over work to be outsourced, is expected to take place on Thursday. Photograph: Laura Hutton/The Irish Times

Firm seeking damages over industrial action by network technicians ahead of new stoppage

Visitors at the reopening of Dublin Zoo on Monday: The Coalition is finalising plans for the next phase of reopening, which will be unveiled later this week. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Stephen Donnelly declares ‘full steam ahead’ on Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca vaccines

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly: No religious ethos can be imposed at the planned new maternity hospital that would impact on services. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Minister insists Government and HSE will determine services at St Vincent’s site

The Mater hospital in Dublin. Photograph: Frank Miller

St Vincent’s and Tallaght hospitals will also deal with trauma care for less complex cases

It is expected that the Mater hospital in Dublin (pictured) and Cork University Hospital will be designated as major trauma centres under the new plan. Photograph: Laura Hutton

Mater and Cork University hospitals likely to be designated as main trauma centres

The Labour Court inquiry into the issue will be held on Friday, May 28th.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Minister has proposed the establishment of a joint labour committee for the sector

Technicians belonging to the Independent Workers’ Union on strike outside the ESB South Lotts depot in Dublin: Power services were out from Saturday night to Sunday lunchtime in Santry due to fault. Photograph: Laura Hutton

Company says duration of Santry power cut may have been longer due to industrial action

Robert Watt’s time in the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform was due to end in April after a decade there in the top role. File photograph: Collins

Salary rise of €80,000 to €292,000 a year indicative of desire to pursue ‘reform’ agenda

ESB Networks said on Thursday evening that the 24-hour stoppage strike by the IWU was ‘unlawful’.

Dispute is over lack of consultation on outsourcing, not over money, union says

The company has said it is putting contingency arrangements in place ahead of the scheduled work stoppage. Photograph: iStock

Members of IWU begin 24-hour strike over ‘outsourcing of members’ work to outside third parties’

Commercial losses for the CIÉ group – which includes Iarnród Éireann, Dublin Bus and Bus Éireann – will exceed €50m this year. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

State-owned transport body could report €50m in commercial losses for 2020

Irish Rail trains pictured at Heuston Station in Dublin. The pandemic has massively restricted passenger numbers at Iarnród Éireann, Dublin Bus and Bus Éireann. Photograph: iStock

Rejection of Labour Court proposals could lead to financial and industrial uncertainty

People queue up outside the Covid-19 vaccination centre at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on  Wednesday. Photograph:  Niall Carson/ PA Wire

Niac to consider extending time between doses of Pfizer jab to vaccinate more people

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly: The internal review found that the department, in one instance, in the context of defending a legal case, had inadvertently received a clinical report regarding a patient. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

RTÉ investigation claimed Department of Health kept dossiers on children suing State

Robert Watt, who up until recently was secretary general at the Department of Public Expenditure and is currently paid the €211,000 salary attached to that post. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Robert Watt says it’s not appropriate to take increase in difficult economic conditions

There are two pension schemes in operation for workers in the three CIÉ companies, Iarnród Éireann, Dublin Bus and Bus Éireann. Photograph: Arthur Carron/Collins

Two pension schemes must be ‘de-risked urgently’, says group’s chairwoman

Pfizer employs about 3,700 staff in Ireland across a number of different facilities in Cork, Dublin and Kildare. Photograph: Reuters

Pharmaceutical company told Martin it would be vaccinating its own essential staff

There are more than 1,200 community employment scheme supervisors who oversee about 900 State-funded services ranging from childcare to meals on wheels. File image: by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

TDs and senators told Minsters have reached agreement on new proposals

Long-planned new Sláintecare public-only hospital consultant contract ‘will be introduced this year’

Sláintecare move is significant opportunity to deal with unfilled posts, according to Minister

A file image of medical staff treating a Covid-19 patient. The IMO said the pandemic had brought the fragile nature of the health service into sharp focus. Photograph: Alan Betson

Absence of unique patient electronic ID record highlighted at IMO conference told

Dr Ronan Glynn, deputy chief medical officer. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins

HSE encourages healthcare workers who had first dose of AstraZeneca to take second one

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly: ‘The past year has highlighted the critical national importance of a public health workforce with the capability to provide a robust and resilient health protection response.’ Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

‘Landmark agreement’ would support reform of public health model, says Donnelly

The Workplace Relations Commission has been found to be administering justice and two aspects of legislation introduced in 2015 were incompatible with the Constitution.

Future hearings to be held generally in public following Supreme Court ruling

The document says that staff ‘will enable an increase in the capacity to manage the number of emergency cases’. File photograph: The Irish Times

Draft plans on change also involve co-operation with elements of Sláintecare programme

 Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar  TD arriving at Government Buildings for a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Study will examine whether special rate should be introduced for Dublin

A health worker prepares to administer a dose of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination hub in Naples, Italy on Tuesday.  Photograph: Ciro Fusco/EPA

Psychiatric nurses to discuss impact of vaccination rollout changes for staff and patients

Meat industry representatives: unfair to characterise sector as being based on low pay for workers. File photograph: Bloomberg

Wage rates on par or ahead of those in North or Britain, industry representatives say

Meat Industry Ireland says without the system to bring in employees from outside the EU under the work permit schemes, “hard-won export business” will be jeopardised

Migrant Rights Centre urges parity between those on general work permits and those with critical skills

The head of  Fórsa’s education division, Andy Pike,  said some school secretaries had been campaigning for up to 20 years for an end to the existing two-tier system. Photograph: iStock

Revised contract for secretaries and caretakers being put together, union conference told

The Government’s decision to change the Covid-19 vaccination schedule was not based on how those working in any particular profession are valued,  Minister for Education Norma Foley has said. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

Fórsa union claims Government led school staff ‘up the garden path’ prior to reopening

Delegates at the ASTI conference voted by 281 to 70 to back a joint motion with other teaching unions mandating a ballot on strike action if the Government did not agree to schedule by the end of the current school year vaccination on a priority basis for teachers. File photograph: Alan Betson

Delegates tell ASTI conference of health concerns around return to school

Under the proposals that were rejected by RTÉ staff in the ballot, those earning more than €40,000 a year were set for pay cuts ranging ranging from 3.5 per cent to 5.35 per cent while some allowances would also have been cut.

Broadcaster says it will have to look at other options for savings

Delegates backed calls for negotiations with the Government for the restoration of the pension scheme for all teachers that was in place up to 2004. File photograph: iStock

Teachers’ conference told recent entrants are disadvantaged by pay and pension terms

The general secretary of the ASTI says: ‘The system must be provided with the additional funding, resources and staffing to support young people in education recovery.’ Photograph: iStock

Teachers' union says funding provided for pandemic must be baseline for the future

Mr Martin said the target is for 80 per cent of adults to have their first vaccine dose by the end of June. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

All three unions back motion to hold ballots on industrial action as Foley defends changes

Older teachers in high-risk group must be allowed to work from home until  vaccinated, says ASTI. File photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Union president says change of vaccinationplan kick in teeth to teachers

The conference heard that many student teachers also take on part-time jobs. File photograph: iStock

Teachers’ conference told training period in schools represents ‘free labour’

John Conneely said that for  syllabus design to conform to international best practice it should contain considerable detail on areas such as the topics to be studied. File photograph: iStock

Second-level teachers express concern at level of guidance given for some subjects

Minister for Education Norma Foley speaking to the media at the INTO’s virtual annual congress which was broadcast from the Killashee Hotel, Co Kildare. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Norma Foley says decision is not ‘value judgment’ of profession, is based on science

In 2008 the Labour Court recommended that the State should put in place arrangements to give community employment scheme supervisors, who are not considered to be public service personnel, access to an occupational pension scheme. File photograph: iStock

Siptu sets mid-April deadline for Government to table proposals to resolve issue

A queue at the HSE vaccination centre in the Aviva Stadium at the weekend. Photograph: Alan Betson

Anger over ‘downgrading’ of profession as rollout shifts to age-based model

Extra supports will be needed next year to assist vulnerable students, survey finds

St John of God Community Services warned the Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly that it could face liquidation or having to sell assets or properties to pay off debts.  Photograph: Laura Hutton / The Irish Times

Siptu says Government must review funding model for the sector

Some sources say any potential industrial action might be deferred until the new academic year, which begins in late August. File photograph: The Irish Times

Move will not affect the planned reopening of schools on April 12th, according to unions

People arriving for mandatory quarantine at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Santry. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Use of vaccinations to shorten isolation times also mooted as part of solution to Cabinet rift

Gardaí and teachers are seeking the introduction of a separate vaccination programme to run in parallel with the new age-based system for the general public

HSE chief defends rollout plan amid reports of people skipping vaccination queue

Last July HSE chief executive Paul Reid advised the Government to put in place ‘incentives’ to facilitate the consolidation of some voluntary agencies. Photograph: Leon Farrell / Photocall Ireland

HSE’s chief flagged ‘serious concern’ about deteriorating financial position of providers

St John of God Community Services maintains the amount of State funding provided over the years was insufficient to pay for the level of services it was asked to provide.

Donnelly told service faces liquidation without State support to deal with €32m deficit

Minister for Social Protection Heather Humphreys: Siptu wrote her a letter saying: “The current model has served communities and jobseekers extremely well since it was established in 1995, building relationships with local employers and tailoring its operation to local circumstances.” Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Department of Social Protection plays down concerns over new tendering process

The Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors (AGSI) has proposed a separate Covid-19 vaccination programme to run in parallel with the new age-based system for the general public.

Upcoming teaching unions conferences want to ‘make sure the Government does another U-turn’ on vaccination schedule

Members of the public line up to get tested at the pop-up Covid-19 test centre in Crumlin, Dublin, on Friday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Potential ‘super-spreading’ by undetected cases greatest concern, de Gascun says

 TUI president  Martin Marjoram. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

TUI says 29% of members considered leaving due to concerns regarding Covid-19

Trade unions representing gardaí, teachers and special needs assistants have criticsed the Government’s decision to change its vaccine priority schedule. Photograph: EPA.

Second-level teachers’ union says talks with Norma Foley on matter ‘unsatisfactory’

The Tánaiste Leo Varadkar is also to invite submissions on his plans to put the right of employees to seek remote working into law.  Photograph:  Julien Behal Photography/ PA Wire

Tánaiste to sign new code of practice drawn up by Workplace Relations Commission

General secretary of the ASTI, Kieran Christie, says he expects an alliance of unions will come together to try have the policy on the vaccination rollout overturned. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Teachers angry and dismayed at revision, but no threat to school reopening, ASTI says

All couriers are considered self-employed, and they must appeal that decision if they wish it to be changed. Photograph: iStock

All couriers considered self-employed due to test case decision in 1995, PAC hears

Leo Varadkar  considers it timely to review collective bargaining and the industrial relations landscape in Ireland. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

New working group to produce interim report in July

The INTO said there had been “zero consultation or notification of this drastic change” which was  certain to affect  teachers  confidence about safety at work.

Garda and prison officer representatives also disappointed with restructuring of Covid-19 vaccine rollout

The State has not vaccinated enough people to take risks when it comes to Covid-19 restrictions, Ministers have been warned. File photograph: Paul Faith/AFP via Getty Images

State has not vaccinated enough people to take risks with Covid-19 restrictions, Ministers are warned

The proposals being brought by Tánaiste Leo Varadkar to the Cabinet come in the wake of a series of announcements in recent weeks which would be considered worker-friendly. Photograph: Julien Behal

Varadkar’s proposed review of collective bargaining seen by unions as hopeful sign

Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar has made a number of statements in recent weeks supporting worker rights. Photograph: Julien Behal Photography/PA Wire

Unions see Government announcement of high-level review as a step forward

ICTU general secretary Patricia King said on Monday the union was “fully committed to ensuring workers’ hard-won rights are preserved when working remotely, that protections are fit for purpose and that the post Covid-19 world of remote working does not lead to greater work precarity and casualisation”. File photograph: iStock

Any bid to use changed arrangements to push return to piecework ‘will be vigorously resisted’

Nearly half of all inspections of meat processing plants between 2015 and 2020 uncovered breaches of employment law. File photograph: Getty

Tánaiste says he wrote to Workplace Relations Commission last autumn

Minister for Children Roderic O’Gorman said if established, the committee would provide an opportunity for trade union Siptu and employers’ group Ibec “to engage in negotiations . . . which could ultimately establish binding rates of pay and conditions for the sector”. Photograph: iStock

Hundreds of employers may decline agreements without representation, group says

The HSE has stood down a number of private hospitals from an agreement that allows it to access their facilities during spikes in the incidence of Covid-19. Image: iStock.

Access is being maintained to facilities in some centres in Dublin and Limerick

‘Any notion of pay increases are off the agenda for 2021. This is especially so for those reliant on the Irish domestic economy.‘

Remote working may lead to pay for work done rather than time in particular jobs

The question of the right to strike was considered by the Murphy working group, which was established by the then Government in 2017 to address the industrial relation structures available to An Garda Síochána. File Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

European Committee on Social Rights says Ireland in breach of European Social Charter

The 79 members of the 96th Cadet class are to receive payment of military service allowance for the period they carried out contact tracing duties on behalf of the HSE. File photograph: Alan Betson

Representative body argued cadets were among lowest paid Defence Forces personnel and ‘had been taken advantage of during pandemic(...)

Strasbourg-based Committee of Social Rights says “local authority housing tenants continue to live with inadequate housing”  and many Traveller sites “are in poor condition, lack maintenance and are badly located”.

European Committee of Social Rights points to housing and protection breaches of social charter

Kathleen MacLellan said it was a priority for it to examine how such complaints could be investigated and engagement was under way with Hiqa on this issue

Longer-term review of nursing home regulation to commence in 2022

A lab technician with a swab at RocDoc’s drive-through testing facility at Dublin Airport for hauliers bound for France. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Mandatory quarantine regime for arrivals from high-risk countries set to begin

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