Attendees at the rally called on the Government to improve pay and conditions for members of the Defence Forces. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

The Government must address the crisis in the Defence Forces which has now reached the point where its effectiveness is so broken that it can no longe(...)

If a mother wants to return to work after a few months so her partner can stay at home until the leave is used up, what business is it of the State to interfere in the efficiency of that choice for a couple? Photograph: iStock

‘Are you able to breastfeed?” she asked. Excuse me? It’s not every day male business journalists get asked this question at the launch of a research r(...)

“The emergency is clear – we are destroying our children’s future, their natural ecosystem, their climate, their mental wellbeing and their quality of life.” Photograph: Getty Images

Wicklow County Council has become the first local authority in Ireland to declare “a biodiversity and climate-change emergency”, recognising the need (...)

The Bord na Móna case would be watched closely by workers and communities elsewhere – such as Moneypoint where the ESB has a large power station – and serve as a litmus test for how Ireland manages the transition and ensures decent jobs.

The Government and Bord na Móna have been criticised for failing to genuinely pursue a “just transition” to a decarbonised economy, especially when a (...)

Some 15.3% of new recruits in construction experienced a work-related injury in 2017, compared with an average among other groups of 4-5%. Photograph: Getty Images

The number of fatal accidents in the workplace continued to decrease in 2018, but safety chiefs are concerned over an influx of inexperienced workers (...)

The report said 4,050 days involving 1,184 workers were lost to industrial relations disputes in 2018 compared to 50,191 days, involving 9,456 workers the previous year. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

There were 4,050 days lost to industrial relations disputes last year, the lowest level since 2012, according to the Workplace Relations Commission’s (...)

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

Public service unions have had discussions with the Department of Public Expenditure on a review of the pay terms set out in the agreement for State e(...)

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

Unions representing hundreds of thousands of State employees are set to press for a mid-term review of the current public-service agreement which coul(...)

If your work is under the control of someone else, if you receive a fixed hourly, weekly or monthly wage, if you cannot subcontract your work, if you work set hours; and if you work for one person or one business, then you should be considered to be an employee.

There’s a worker who cleans offices Monday to Friday. But even though he works regular hours, all his gigs are set up for him and he’s paid the minimu(...)

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

Second-level teachers have indicated they will now be seeking additional pay benefits in the wake of the Government’s proposed settlement of the recen(...)

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