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

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: he is to hold special bilateral meetings with Ministers running big spending departments in an attempt to rein in expenditure

Alarm in Government after Ministers make spending commitments in health, education

In recent weeks there has been a succession of announcements by Ministers which would indicate that the grip of the Department of Public Expenditure may be loosening. Photograph: Getty Images

A general pay review across the public service may now be on the cards in the months ahead

The new deal was brokered at the Labour Court following three days of strikes by members of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO). Photograph:  Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The agreement, to cost €50m this year and next, is conditional on productivity and cost-saving

Minister for Health Simon Harris said  it was important that everything possible was done to make organ donation the norm in Ireland.   File photograph Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

New Human Tissue legislation will regulate removal, donation, use and disposal of organs ad tissues

Peter Hughes, general secretary of the   PPsychiatric Nurses Association said the sector faced a staffing crisis. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Psychiatric Nurses Association sees no evidence of hiring and retention issues easing

National Association of General Practitioners’s leadership hopes to have a comprehensive package of measures in place to deal with financial difficulties in the coming days.

Many GPs were waiting for Government pay offer details before renewing membership

Siptu said a new national children’s hospital workforce framework report would recommend  there be a ratio of 90:10 between nurses and healthcare assistants in the paediatric hospital. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Union criticises proposed ratio of 90:10 between nurses and healthcare assistants

National Association of General Practitioners president Dr Maitiu O’Tuathail said he had resigned as he had ‘grave concerns’ with regards to the organisation’s governance. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA

GP body admits financial difficulties as resigning team cites governance issues

The Minister for Health said  parents who did not have their children vaccinated, were not just making a decision in relation to their own child but one which could impact on others. Photograph:  George Frey/Getty Images

Minister says doctors should help in fight against pseudoscience that was costing lives

Minister for Health  Simon Harris  is expected to propose a new process to deal with the two-tier pay issue at the IMO conference on Saturday. File image: Michelle Devane/PA Wire

Simon Harris pledges process to address lower pay for consultants appointed before 2012

Up to a third of Irish hospital doctors met the criteria for burnout, a study shows.

Union conference hears surgical consultants face premiums of up to €400,000 per year

Delegates at the IMO’s  agm in Killarney, Co Kerry. Photograph: SON Photo

Government wants to increase number of medical specialists in public hospitals

 “Drought can  have a huge affect on farmers who themselves are under pressure to consider the impacts of cattle density and the subsequent that has on carbon emissions and on water contamination.” Photograph: Getty Images

Warning that the environmental impact of climate change could lead to a public health crisis in Ireland

IMO conference has heard it can be difficult to get patients admitted to hospital to have tumours removed due to a lack of beds.

Cross-public-service approach to two-tier remuneration a ‘non-runner’, says IMO

 ASTI delegates at the union’s annual convention in Wexford, where members voted to reverse austerity-era sick leave cuts. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

ASTI conference: Reforms have yielded estimated savings of nearly €170m

Talks between the public service unions and the Department of Public Expenditure on a review of the pay terms set out in the agreement for State employees has taken place, say informed sources. File photograph: Getty Images

ASTI proposes review of public service accord ‘to ensure fair distribution of benefits’

Teachers complain that the Government applied Fempi measures arbitrarily. Photograph: PA

Minister says teachers have lost €15m in payments - as much as €2,000 per teacher - over strike

ASTI delegates protest as Minister for Education Joe McHugh arrives at the annual convention in Wexford. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Comments come after conflicting signals from Government over teacher salaries

An actuarial review published by the Government in December 2017 maintained that the State overall had an accrued liability of about €114.5bn in respect of retirement benefits.

Changes introduced in 2013 aimed at saving Government billions over coming decades

The Government says there is “no comitment to address issues outside the pay agreement at this stage”. File photograph: PA

Teachers’ unions meet for annual conferences around country

File photograph:  Lynne Cameron/PA

Audit shows more than half of delayed discharges in some areas are refusing to leave

Photograph:  Thinkstock

Survey finds 90% of consultants in public hospitals believe workload ‘unmanageable’

Teachers protesting in advance of a Government report on pay equalisation last year. Photograph: Alan Betson

Deal will see outstanding concerns addressed as part of any new pay review mechanism

Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe has warned that global economic conditions have deteriorated in recent months. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister says public-service staff have better terms than those in private sector

INMO’s Phil Ní Sheaghdha marching with nurses and midwives in Dublin: About 17,000 healthcare assistants, other hospital support staff and chefs will begin a ballot on Monday for strike action. Photograph: Alan Betson

Government’s plan for financial and industrial stability under pressure

PNA general secretary Peter Hughes said the move to 24-hour strikes represented ‘a clear and determined message to the HSE’. Photograph: Alan Betson

Long-running dispute to move to ‘more serious and disruptive level of industrial action’

ASTI said it wanted the timing of incremental pay increases returned to the original dates that applied prior to the dispute. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Union says lack of training and large classes are key challenges to inclusive education

Minister for Health Simon Harris. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

Minister says public and private patients will have access to same drugs in State hospitals

Hospital cleaners are among the thousands of support staff across the country who will be balloted on strike action. File photograph: Getty

Thousands of porters, caterers, healthcare assistants to be balloted over pay dispute

 An Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) protest outside Leinster House, Dublin, in 2016.   Photograph: Eric Luke

ASTI wants redress arising from penalties imposed after strike two years ago

Doctors who left the register  pointed to a lack of employer support, workplace understaffing and the hours expected to work in the context of the European Working Time Directive. Photograph: Getty Images

Lack of respect, training options, expectation to carry out non-core tasks among reasons cited

Ambulance staff are to consider proposals for full 24-hour strikes or rolling work stoppages as part of an escalation of their long-running dispute over trade union representation rights. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Ambulance personnel staging sixth day of strike on Wednesday from 7am to 5pm

Siptu has about 4,000 nurse members across acute, community and mental health settings. Photograph: Frank Miller

Union signals proposals to resolve members’ dispute not acceptable to psychiatric nurses

Minister for Health Simon Harris and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at an event to discuss Sláintecare last month. File photograph: Aoife Moore/PA

Simon Harris has been under pressure to conclude GP deal

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  and Minister for Health Simon Harris during an announcement regarding primary care. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

New initiative part of €210 million deal with doctors reached this week

The trade union Siptu, which represents the health staff concerned, is holding talks on the claims on Thursday with health service management and officials of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. File photograph: Reuters

Healthcare assistants, health service support staff and chefs seeking 5% pay increases

The introduction of a new contract and a new higher-paid enhanced nurse grade were key elements of previous Labour Court settlement proposals which led to the suspension of strikes by members of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Union’s 40,000 members to be balloted on Labour Court recommendation from Monday

Minister for Health Simon Harris said he hoped to announce details of the new agreement with family doctors in the coming days. Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister confirms Government ‘nearing conclusion’ on new accord with doctors

Minister for Health Simon Harris said Dr Gráinne Flannelly had never said that she had given any warning to him about the initiative.

Former head of CervicalCheck says she raised concerns with senior HSE officials

The new proposal would involve the introduction of services for medical-card patients with chronic illnesses such as diabetes or cardiovascular conditions. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Accord would see rollback of funding cuts and provision of additional GP services

Ambulance service staff who have engaged in a series of strikes in recent weeks over union representation rights have said they are prepared to escalate their action. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Dispute between Nasra and HSE centres over union representation rights

The stoppage on Tuesday will be the fifth strike by members of the National Ambulance Service Representative Association since the start of the year.  Photograph: Alan Betson

HSE argues recognising Nasra would impair industrial relations in the ambulance service

The INMO said the number of patients who required admission to a hospital bed but who had to spend time waiting on trolleys in March was 9,714.  It said this included 117 children.

Nurses’ union says overcrowding ‘endemic’ in Ireland’s hospitals

Last October, Paul Reid was appointed by the Government to serve on the implementation advisory council for the Sláintecare health reform programme. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Fingal County Council chief expected to be named as new head of health service

Natasha Linehan, a chef at St Finbarr’s Hospital in Cork. Photograph; Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Chefs seek move to ‘craftworker’ pay grade; HSE calls ballot ‘premature and unnecessary’

Paul Bell, Siptu health division organiser, said the Government had refused to engage on findings that his union’s members had been ‘underpaid for many years’. Photograph: Eric Luke

Siptu says Government refusing to engage on pay rises for support staff and hospital chefs

’The vast majority of senior medical and surgical specialists in Ireland believe our failure to recruit consultants is making Irish hospitals more unsafe’

Doctors’ union says pay cuts have led to difficulties in recruiting consultants and unsafe hospitals

File photograph showing ambulance personnel striking on January 22nd at the ambulance service facility on the Davitt Road, Dublin. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Work stoppages on April 2nd and 10th are part of long-running dispute over trade union representation rights

On Tuesday more than 600 patients who require admission to  hospital were waiting on trolleys in emergency departments or on wards for a bed, nurses have said.

INMO says worst levels of overcrowding seen at Cork University Hospital

INMO general secretary Phil Ni Sheaghdha: “what determines productivity is better outcomes for patients.”  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Unions say the Government proposals on shift changes and redeployment are unacceptable

Bogus self-employment arrangements are where workers are forced by an employer to declare themselves self-employed rather than employees. Photograph: Getty Images

Unions say the practices cost the State hundreds of millions of euro in lost revenue, and can deny workers key rights and benefits

The INMO is expected to argue seeking nurses to relocate up to 40km is not feasible and would discourage recruitment. Photograph: Patrick T Fallon/Bloomberg

State may be sending message to public sector with measure to damage conditions

Recruiting and retaining specialist doctors  is a major problem, a survey by the Irish Hospital Consultants’ Association has found. Photograph:  Anthony Devlin/PA

Staff shortages lead most consultants to believe hospitals unable to sustain service levels

Sláintecare reform plan proposed a way out of rows over alleged breaches of private practice rules, suggesting  public hospitals should be for public patients only. Photograph: Thinkstock

Against claims of abuse of public-private ratios, report says doctors not at fault

Most consultants in the public system with contractual rights to private practice can treat a maximum of 20 per cent of fee-paying patients, rising to 30 per cent in certain cases.

Breaching of rules on fee-paying patients beyond doctors’ control, HSE report says

“Our core objective is to shift the majority of care from the acute to the community setting to bring care closer to home for service users,” Minister for Health Simon Harris said on Wednesday. Photograph: James Forde

The potential impact of artificial intelligence and robotics are also to be explored

INMO say  there was ‘a very large gap between the INMO and the employers on the new contract’. Photograph: Frank Miller

INMO says proposal, which led to suspension of recent strikes, would make jobs ‘insecure’

The money is unpaid interest  held by the HSE for safekeeping on behalf of patients in its care. Photograph: iStock

Report on patients’ private property accounts to be laid before Oireachtas

The plan is being introduced by Minsiter for Health Simon Harris. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Plan seeks to reduce out-patient appointment numbers to 509,000

  General secretary designate of the Forsa trade union Kevin Callinan addresses the Industrial Relations News (IRN) Conference at IMI, Sandyford. Photograph: Laura Hutton

Staff want impact of inflation on spending power addressed in any new agreement

Carlos Alberto Fraeds (left) and Williams Santos, both from Brazil, join Communities Against Low Pay and activists at a rally in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Employment protection legislation to provide support for workers in precarious situations

 Nurses and midwives protesing outside the Coombe  hospital in Dublin last month. Photograph: Alan Betson

Government’s draft proposals rejected by nurses’ organisation

Minister for Health Simon Harris. In a confidential memo to the Cabinet last Tuesday,  he signalled that many of the review group’s key proposals would effectively be kicked to touch. File photograph: James Forde

Few of the reform recommendations are likely to be put in place in the short term

The commission  maintained that legislation in this area ‘may not be enforceable’. Photograph: Getty Images

Report says legislation could cause higher administration costs and be unenforceable

The Government’s proposals to tackle the new entrant issue have been rejected by  ASTI and INTO although neither have balloted members for industrial action.

Recent entrants to public service will see pay catch up with longer-serving colleagues

National Ambulance Service staff picket a depot on Davitt Road, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Third work stoppage under way in dispute over trade union representation rights

The review group, which was chaired by Catherine Day, above, said there seemed to have been “a breakdown in mutual trust and respect” between the voluntary sector and the State.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Review group warns this could lead to serious effects and prolonged disruption for patients

The Department of Health and the Department of Public Expenditure declined to comment on Wednesday on whether nurses would still be allowed to move to the new scales from the beginning of March in the event of the new nursing contract not being finalised in time. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Nurses would be permitted to move on to enhanced salary scale under proposed deal

 Ambulance personnel on strike at the ambulance service facility on Davitt Road in Dublin earlier this month. Photograph: Alan Betson

Ongoing dispute with HSE management centres on trade union representation rights

Calls by campaigners and patient groups to approve the provision of a drug which they maintain would benefit children with a rare muscle-wasting condition have been rejected by the HSE. Image:iStock.

Health body says providing Spinraza would cost some €600,000 per patient in first year

The Labour Court said  Saturday working for Bus Éireann drivers   should be “as required by customer and timetable requirements” but that the company should roster work in each of its depots in a fair and equitable manner. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Staff to receive 2.5% increases in 2020 and 2021 under new proposals

Fianna Fáil health spokesman Stephen Donnelly put forward the amendment.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Oireachtas committee backs changes to Government plans in vote on Wednesday

The Government last autumn appointed Ciarán Devane, chief executive of the British Council, to chair the HSE board.

Health committee backs proposals for people with clinical expertise to serve on board

Pfizer  accepted a request by the Workplace Relations Commission not to take any immediate action in relation to pension changes for some 900 workers. Photograph: iStock

Siptu last week deferred industrial action at pharma firm in anticipation of discussions

The public service pay agreement is ‘compromised’ but still standing after the Government’s acceptance of proposals to resolve the recent nurses’ dispute, the trade union Siptu has said. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Union warns of potential strikes if its members not treated the same as INMO

The INMO’s executive has recommended that members should support the proposed new agreement in a forthcoming ballot.

Talks continue on new deal to address pay and staffing issues

The National Ambulance Service received 259 calls on Friday between 7am and noon, with five of these responded to by the Department of Defence, the HSE said. File photograph: Alan Betson

Army provided ambulances and crews to assist HSE during stoppage

Patricia King of Ictu says a pension ‘is one of the things that marks out decent employers from those who wish to exploit ordinary working people’. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Workers to stage 12 hour stoppage on Monday in dispute over pensions

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