Minister of State with responsibility for Defence Paul Kehoe at Custume Barracks, Athlone, where he reviewed troops of the 60th Infantry Group ahead of their six-month deployment to the Golan Heights in the Middle East. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Fianna Fáil has said the Government must give “urgent consideration” to the establishment of a pay review body for the Defence Forces. The party’s sp(...)

Army leadership is concerned at the possibility of a withdrawal of labour by members of the Defence Forces if a bond with  trade unions is forged. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The head of the Defence Forces has told the Government that permitting military representative bodies to become part of the trade union movement could(...)

The Irish Congress of Trade Unions urged Meat Industry Ireland and employers’ body Ibec to urgently work to resolve the dispute

Talks to resolve the beef crisis are set to resume, while the establishment of a new body could mean that for the first time farmers rather than facto(...)

The Irish Defence Forces crossing the Slaney River during a mission readiness exercise in the Glen of Imaal, Co Wicklow. President Michael D Higgins said    many are understandably concerned about the ability to attract and retain people of the highest calibre in the Defence Forces. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

President Michael D Higgins has intervened in a dispute over pay in the Defence Forces, insisting it “should not be too much to expect” that members a(...)

Many in the Defence Forces believe that because their representative organisations were not associated with the public service committee of Ictu in the talks that led to the current public service pay deal, they did not do as well as others across the public service. Photograph: Alan Betson

The organisation representing enlisted personnel in the Defence Forces has formally sought to link up with the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (Ictu). (...)

Ictu secretary general Patricia King: “Now is the time to invest in our people, our public services and our infrastructure.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Trade unions have urged the Government to abandon plans for tax cuts and instead to raise new taxes on capital and wealth to fund investments in housi(...)

Minister for Communications Richard Bruton said: ‘People should not be able to exempt themselves from the proposed charge by arguing they do not consume any RTÉ or TG4 services.’ Photograph: Tom Honan

The Government has “work to do” before it can say who will be eligible to pay a mooted replacement for the television licence fee and how it will be e(...)

Harland & Wolff workers and supporters during a rally to save the Belfast shipyard on the eve of new British prime minister Boris Johnson’s visit to Northern Ireland. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

“The Titanic sank,” said GMB union official Denise Walker. “Is Harland & Wolff going to sink?” she asked the hundred or so shipyard workers and t(...)

Fórsa general secretary Kevin Callinan. File photograph: Laura Hutton/The Irish Times

The Government’s public service pay strategy could face a major challenge in the coming weeks if it does not agree to calls by trade unions for a revi(...)

The national minimum wage is likely to be increased to about €10.10 per hour for adult workers from next year.

The national minimum wage is likely to be increased to about €10.10 per hour for adult workers from next year. It is understood that the Low Pay Comm(...)

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