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Members of the ASTI union have voted in favour of industrial action up to and including work stoppages unless the Government  addresses a number of concerns regarding Covid-19 in schools. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has said that schools will definitely open on Monday after the midterm break, despite a vote by one teachers’ union in favour(...)

Macedonian schoolchildren have their hands disinfected on the first day of the new school year in Skopje. Photograph: Robert Atanasovski/AFP via Getty

It is impossible to plan for something the State is constantly assuring people will never happen. Schools and creches are going to remain open even at(...)

The Government has previously imposed financial penalties on the ASTI as they were considered to have ‘repudiated’ a public service agreement by taking industrial action.

The Department of Public Expenditure has said it will consider “in due course” whether thousands of teachers who are scheduled to go on strike next mo(...)

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

Increases to allowances put in place to boost pay for Defence Forces personnel will not be extended to other groups of State employees, a development (...)

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.

New measures aimed at addressing the controversial two-tier pay system for thousands of staff who joined the public service since 2011 will come into (...)

Phil Ni Sheaghdha INMO general secretary at a hearing in relation to the nurses dispute over pay and recruitment at the Labour Court, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

There has been no immediate drive by public service groups for additional pay deals similar to that secured by nurses on Monday after their recent str(...)

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation general secretary, Phil Ní Sheaghdha (centre), with members. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Strikes by nurses appear set to go ahead from the end of the month after talks broke down on Friday without resolution. Negotiations between the Iris(...)

 Joe O’Connor, lead organiser Forsa Trade Union with Maria Dunne, chairwoman, School Secretary Branch and Marion Jackson, treasurer at the launch of a nationwide campaign calling for respect and fair conditions for all school secretaries. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

School secretaries are being treated like “second-class” employees by the Government, with some earning as little as €12,000 a year and no entitlement(...)

An ASTI protest outside Leinster House in 2016. Photograph: Eric Luke

The ASTI ballot result means all three main teaching unions have now voted to reject the new public service pay agreement, potentially leaving the doo(...)

Public service management  wants to review premium payments given to those who currently work on Saturdays

The Government is seeking extra productivity and work-practice changes from the State’s civil and public servants in return for a new pay deal. Brief(...)

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