Teachers’ Union of Ireland: Two-tier pay structure has seen service to students damaged. File photograph: The Irish Times

Teachers’ Union of Ireland members are taking action over ‘pay discrimination’

Social Democrats joint leader Róisín Shortall: Sláintecare plan had got off ‘to a very bad start’. Photograph Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

Shortall says reforms would cost additional €1 billion per annum for five years

Simon Harris: the Irish Hospital Consultants Association called on him to end the lower pay arrangements in place for medical specialists appointed since autumn 2012

IHCA calls on Harris to end two-tier pay system for specialist doctors

The original cost of the Labour Court recommendation to end the nurses’ dispute was to be offset by altering terms for new entrants, reducing agency staff and enhancing productivity. File photograph: The Irish Times

Annual allowance for nurses in medical, surgical wards part of deal that ended strike

HSE CEO Paul Reid and Minister for Health Simon Harris. Mr Reid said that proposals for a voluntary leaving programme in the HSE would be ready by April. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

New figures show 51 additional managers taken on since June amid recruitment curbs

School secretaries  rally at Leinster House. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

‘Two-tier’ pay system must be replaced, says Fórsa after 1,000 secretaries strike

Minister for Health Simon Harris said the IMO was up for doing business.

Discussions between the Minister for Health Simon Harris and the IMO ‘constructive’

Photograph: iStock

Talks to start on Government plans to offer salaries of up to €250,000 to doctors

The union said under the existing two-tier pay system most school secretaries earned just €12,500 a year. File photograph: The Irish Times

Offer of 1.5% pay rise rejected by union Fórsa as ‘one we can only describe as insulting’

Emergency department doctors argue that treating patients on corridors in overcrowded conditions is dangerous and leads to ‘needless’ deaths. File photograph: The Irish Times

Everyone accepts that more beds are needed, but agreement on a short-term fix is elusive

The ad hoc way in which doctors are employed is not sustainable, and patient care is likely to be compromised if current trends continue, a major report warns

Inexperienced doctors recruited to work as experienced staff move abroad for jobs

Nurses said 760 patients are on trolleys in emergency departments and on wards queuing for a bed today. File photograph: Getty

Overcrowding in hospitals remains at record levels for second successive day, say nurses

 INMO general secretary Phil Ní Sheaghdha says the ‘extreme overcrowding presents a clear danger to patients and staff’. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Figure equals record level of overcrowding, HSE says hospitals under ‘significant pressure’

Ambulance crews were facing delays of up to  seven hours outside hospital emergency departments while waiting to handover patients. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Siptu says overcrowding at hospital emergency departments is causing chaos

IMO president Dr Padraig McGarry warned that GP services were “at breaking point both in our day-time and out-of-hours service”.   File photograph: Getty

IMO chief warns GP services already ‘at breaking point in day-time and out-of-hours service’

There are record levels of overcrowding at Cork University Hospital (CUH) on Friday with 73 patients on trolleys wiating for bed, nurses have said.  . Image: Google Street View

Mater Hospital urges public only to visit when absolutely necessary due to flu

General secretary of Fórsa Kevin Callinan:  said unions believed if there was a sectoral bargaining process created for the first four months of 2020, it would allow issues to be aired. Photograph: Laura Hutton

Groups representing State employees say Government must agree to new process on pay

Minister for Health Simon Harris: acknowledges the number on trolleys had been very high in November and in the run-up to Christmas. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

INMO says 2019 was the worst year on record for overcrowding in hospitals

File photograph: Getty

Co-payments to form part of proposals to be presented to Cabinet in January

Paul Bell, Siptu. at the WRC in June, 2019. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Siptu also suggests row brewing in National Ambulance Service in coming months

Published on the Facebook page of Tullamore parish on Christmas Eve the message said: “The process of IVF damages embryonic stem cells and thus life and is therefore completely, clearly and totally incompatible with our Catholic faith.” File photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Facebook message from Tullamore parish described as ‘extremely hurtful’ by Simon Harris

FAI has said it is hopeful of securing the €18 million in funding it needs in order to implement its survival plan. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/ ©INPHO

Government will not stand by bad practices seen in FAI - Minister of Health

The Low Pay Commission recommended the national minimum wage in 2020 be increased by 30c

Minimum wage increase to come into effect in February

Plans to provide a publicly-funded IVF service in State hospitals for the first time are to be announced on Thursday.

Ireland and Lithuania only two EU countries not to offer state funding for assisted reproduction

The Government is to change legislation to facilitate the re-enlistment of former military personnel who had previously served in the Defence Forces. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Move comes as number of military personnel falls again despite €10m boost to allowances

The Government said on Wednesday that from next summer all medical specialists will be appointed under a new Sláintecare consultant contract which will not allow private practice. File photograph: Getty

Government to appoint 1,000 additional medical specialists over next 10 years

The HSE will now receive more than €17 billion next year including the additional €50 million approved by the Cabinet as part of the revised financial estimates. File photograph: Getty

Government to provide additional €50m on top of extra €1bn allocated in budget

Any industrial action is unlikely to take place until mid- to late January. File photograph: Getty

‘We cannot stand by any longer and watch as our health service is hollowed out’

Up to €1 million in funding for IVF and fertility treatment is set to be announced

Minister for Health Simon Harris is bringing memo to Cabinet detailing a model of care

The IMO said its key demands were an immediate end to the current two-tier pay system which sees medical specialists appointed after October 2012 paid considerably less than their longer-serving colleagues. Photograph: Frank Miller

Irish Medical Organisation members dispute centres over pay and recruitment issues

An Irish Congress of Trade Unions  report estimates it would take an ordinary worker 212 years to earn the same as CRH chief executive  Albert Manifold  in 2018.

Ictu report shows 13 CEOs were paid more than 50 times ordinary salary in 2018

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Espionage and cyber attacks may hit foreign investment, defence review says

There are currently two CIÉ staff pension schemes, both with multimillion euro deficits

New plans come after years of talks between unions and management over fund deficits

Medical bodies claim consultants appointed after October 2012 earn up to €50,000 less than longer-serving colleagues, and that this had led to health authorities being unable to fill about 500 full-time posts on a full-time basis. File photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Varadkar says new offer to end two-tier pay system will be made to medical consultants

Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe during a media briefing on the updated Public Spending Code, on Wednesday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Donohoe says new stages of assessment of projects will form part of updated code

Mick Barry TD: “Political strikes or solidarity strikes are effectively illegal in this country.”

Under proposed legislation, secret ballot would not be necessary ahead of action

RTÉ is to receive an extra €10 million from the Government and a commission on the future of public service broadcasting is to be established under proposals set to be considered by the Cabinet today.  File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Cabinet to consider plan for commission on future of public service broadcasting

Virgin Media Ireland chief executive Tony Hanway. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Unite and Siptu claim company has proposed terms inferior to those previously agreed

The  trade union Fórsa  said on Monday that an offer put forward by the Department of Education was “insulting”. Photograph: iStock

Industrial action by Fórsa members aimed at ending two-tier pay system set to resume

Workers will in future have a legal right to receive   tips and gratuities paid electronically by customers. Photograph: iStock

Regina Doherty to expand scope of planned legislation governing payment of wages

The NBRU has  said those who engaged in anti-social behaviour “were operating across public transport with impunity”. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Most incidents concentrated in about ‘half a dozen hotspots’ around the city

The plan provided for ‘packages of care’  from birth to the age of 16  and were to include  preventive advice, referrals, prescriptions, fillings, extractions, assessments, orthodontics and oral surgery

Irish Dental Association says new scheme proposed by Government is ‘unworkable’

Denying the links between cannabis and mental illness is like arguing the earth is flat, one of the country’s leading psychiatrists, Dr Brendan Kelly, has suggested.  Photograph: Shane O’Neill/SON Photographic.

Leading psychiatrist says legialisation of drug would be ‘a step too far’

A file image of  INTO members attending a rally for pay equality for lower paid teachers outside the Dáil. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

INTO wants process to deal with issue in place by spring and gap addressed by summer

TUI general secretary John MacGabhann (right) on a teachers’ protest outside Greenhills College in Dublin in 2018. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

ASTI understood to have sought much larger compensation package

Fianna Fáil  criticised Minister for Health Simon Harris over a failure to set out the cost of the nurses’ deal when answering a parliamentary question last week. Photograph: Alan Betson

Agreement that ended strike to cost €48 million this year, Department of Health says

The union said that 93 per cent of members had voted in favour for directing its members to only attend meetings which were in compliance with the agreed arrangements. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

ASTI likely to direct members to only attend meetings about reforms during school hours

It emerged on Wednesday that prizes of up to €500 had been offered to wards at St James’s Hospital that sent the most patients who had completed their treatment to the discharge lounge by 11.00am. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Minister says wording of promotion at St James’s Hospital was ‘a bit off’

The IMO  said it was looking at strike action on foot of “the Government’s continual failure to meaningfully engage on measures to address the recruitment and retention crisis among the medical profession”

IMO says its key demands are an end to a two-tier pay system and for the recruitment of more consultants for public hospitals

Stewarts Care is one of the country’s largest organisations providing services for people with disabilities. Photograph: Eric Luke

Litany of errors led to man roaming near motorway after swimming outing

Stewarts Care said its board and senior management accepted and took full responsibility “for the findings of the independently conducted investigation into the events of April 2nd last.”

Man found by gardaí walking along grass verge in middle of a dual carriageway

Under existing rules only consultants with a specific type of contract are permitting to treat fee-paying patients in private hospitals. Photograph: The Irish Times

Action related to allegedly breaching rules governing off-site practice, says HSE report

INMO: Up to November 29th, 108,364 people had queued for a hospital bed at some stage

INMO seeking formal intervention by Health Information and Quality Authority

The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) has said calls by journalists at RTÉ in support of pay cuts for top earners at the broadcaster are inconsistent with its official policy.

Union sub branch in RTÉ last week said pay should be capped at €208,000

Private sector workers are now receiving much higher pay rises than those on offer to staff working for the State, the largest public service trade union has said.

Fórsa says no new national public service pay accord in place to succeed current deal

Pay for newly-qualified Defence Force personnel is ‘competitive’ – Department

 There has been a surge in the number of people waiting for admission to hospitals over recent weeks. File photograph: Getty Images

University Hospital Limerick worst affected by overcrowding, according to INMO

The chairman of the new national children’s hospital told the Oireachtas committee on health that he hopes the delays to its construction can be made up. File photograph

Chair of national children’s hospital says only €1m in additional costs have been paid

Minister for Health Simon Harris. File photograph: Dara MacDónaill

‘I want to look at how we can end the two-tier reality,’ says Minister for Health

The INMO said the hospital worst hit by overcrowding was University Hospital Limerick

University Hospital Limerick worst affected by overcrowding, according to INMO

The department is preparing a list of notifiable patient safety incidents for the mandatory open disclosure proposals. Photograph: Thinkstock

Hospitals to face penalties if staff fail to notify patients of serious incidents

Minister for Transport Shane Ross: “Irish Rail has been encouraging employees to report all safety-critical issues, including threatening and violent behaviour.” Photograph: Laura Hutton

Anti-social behaviour drives unions’ demand for special security units on buses and trains

GoSafe said it remained available to explore how the current staff representative body and Siptu could work together for those employees that each represent. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

GoSafe staff have held a series of strikes recently in dispute over working conditions

Proposal by management to cut the pay of top-level contract presenters by 15 per cent ‘does not go far enough’, say journalists

Members of National Union of Journalists say plan to cut top pay by 15% insufficient

Siptu said the HSE would pay out over €200m on agency personnel this year.

Union urges Oireachtas group to run rule over finder fees paid to employment agencies

Underspending in the Department of Defence allocation would be used to offset additional expenditure required to meet the cost of Army pensions.

Health service set to receive almost €340m in additional funding under fresh estimates

The union’s health division chief Paul Bell told the committee ‘the system of approval for the filling of vacancies  . . . is designed to frustrate’. File photograph: Alan Betson

System for filling vacancies in health service is designed to frustrate, says Siptu

The union represents about 19,000 members in second level schools, colleges of further and adult education and Institutes of Technology/Technological Universities.  Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times.

Stoppage marks major escalation of campaign over two-tier pay system

Management at Dundalk IT had also agreed to the withdrawal of a planned proposal to create a fifth school at the facility, the TUI said.

Management to pursue status of Technological University

The general secretary of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation  Phil Ní Sheaghdha. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

New €26m plan to focus on homecare packages and moves to ease overcrowding

The general secretary of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) Phil Ni Sheaghdha said people were now afraid to go to public hospitals. File Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

General secretary of INMO says people are now afraid to go to public hospitals

Department of Health research found that eliminating private medicine in public hospitals could free up 2,100 existing beds and reduce waiting lists by up to 25 per cent. Photograph: iStock

Consultants say Minister’s suggestion that move would free up 2000 beds was ‘misleading’

TUI said members had grave and growing concerns regarding the Dundalk Institute of Technology’s strategic future

Union says dispute centres on management failure to consult on strategic future

The INMO said 100,457 patients had gone without beds in Irish hospitals in 2019 so far this year. File image: Alan Betson

Fórsa union warns HSE over plan to reduce number of health service managers

Phil Ní Sheaghdha, INMO general secretary, said the HSE’s refusal to fill vital, frontline posts was  weakening services. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Union says public health service could close this Friday unless the HSE fills vacant posts

Entrance to RTÉ HQ  at Donnybrook in Dublin. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Strike action not ruled out as management to be asked specifics of ‘work-practice changes’

Nurses striking –  and winning –  pay deal in February 2019. Photograph: Alan Betson

Move would depart from ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach of previous public service pay deals

The State Claims Agency last week said it had paid out €208 million in damages to plaintiffs in relation to medical negligence cases since the start of the year. Photograph: iStock

Doctors call for reforms of existing system of resolving negligence claims

Minister for Health, Simon Harris. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Government may buy health facilities to use as elective patient hospitals

 RTÉ HQ at Donnybrook. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Cost-cutting measures floated by management include end to ardfheiseanna coverage

The RTÉ campus, Donnybrook, Dublin 4, as the broadcaster announced it will cut some 200 jobs next year. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Broadcaster hopes to generate €50m from second land sale at Donnybrook campus

The RTÉ Guide currently has a circulation of 43,000 according to the latest Audit Bureau of Circulation figures. The publication has about 12 staff.

Union members says they are ‘absolutely opposed’ to publication’s disposal

Speed camera staff on strike will protest outside Leinster House.

Go Safe says bulk of its services will be running despite industrial action

If approved in a ballot of members, the Irish Medical Organisation is likely to opt for an escalating campaign of industrial action. File photograph: PA Wire

Out-patient clinics could be hit in inital phase of any industrial action

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said there had been no increase on the 2019 budget allocation for the building. File photograph: The Irish Times

Robust defence to be mounted against claims, says chief of hospital development board

The IMO will on Wednesday urge its hospital doctors to support a vote on industrial action. File photograph: Getty Images

Hospitals could face disruption after Christmas amid row over pay and recruitment

The latest figures represent a decrease from near-record number of patients who were queuing for a hospital bed on Tuesday. File photograph: Alan Betson

Daily trolley numbers fall slightly on near-record levels reported on Tuesday

Hospital overcrowding on Tuesday reached the highest levels this year and the second-highest level recorded, says the INMO

INMO reports 679 patients queuing for a bed across the State on Tuesday

The INMO said the numbers on trolleys in October was the second highest monthly figure since it began its daily assessment of the issue.

INMO says University Hospital Galway is worst affected by overcrowding

 CervicalCheck campaigners leaving Leinster House on the day the Taoiseach made a formal State apology to those affected. File photograph: Tom Honan

Scoping exercise into whether staff have ‘case to answer’ established more than a year ago

HSE chief executive Paul Reid: his warning comes as hospital doctors meet next week to decide whether to take industrial action over pay and recruitment. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Doctor staffing has ‘consequences’ for patient care, says director general

Medical representative bodies maintain the current two-tier system can see consultants appointed after October 2012 receive up to €50,000 per year less than more longer-serving colleagues. Photograph: iStock

Dispute centres on pay and recruitment issues

The Connect trade union, which represents the craft workers concerned, said its members at Pfizer’s Ringaskiddy plant had rejected the proposals ‘quite decisively’. Photograph: Getty Images

Workers at neighbouring Cork plants divided on merit of new arrangements

Photograph: iStock

Dispute centres on restoration of pay for staff

The INMO said it had warned the HSE that current recruitment restrictions was “putting lives at risk”. File image: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

INMO records 11,452 patients on trolleys across the State this month

Nursing home replacement pic

About 90 older buildings set to be replaced or refurbished under €385m initiative

Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe told the Cabinet preliminary talks with unions about a successor to the current public-service deal had looked at a local bargaining component. Photograph: Tom Honan

Minister says 27,000 days lost in public service due to strikes in first quarter of year

HSE CEO Paul Reid: said the hospital sector had received €6.5 million in funding to support the provision of termination of pregnancy services. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

HSE says it is experiencing ‘issues’ regarding the geographic availablity of terminations

The review said bus drivers were expected to interact well with customers and understand customer needs and to deal appropriately with anti-social or disruptive behaviour by passengers. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Union says driving bus in ‘concrete jungle’ is ‘onerous’ and will bring findings to pay talks

HSE chief executive Paul Reid: the revised structures will lead to resources being concentrated on frontline services. Photograph: Alan Betson

Consultants to be commissioned to advise on shape of central core of health authority

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