General secretary of the union, Mike Jennings warned of the consequences of ending Croke Park I before the agreement has run out “in 2014”.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Irish Federation of University Teachers (Ifut) voted unanimously this afternoon to reject any renegotiation of Croke Park II. The uni(...)

Robert Watt: secretary general at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform set out forecasts on economy in letter to unions. Photograph: Frank Miller

The Government’s plans to reduce its public service pay and pensions bill by €1 billion will cut economic activity by up to ha(...)

Speaking in advance of the annual conference of the Civil Public and Services Union,  Eoin Ronayne said if there had been a small majority on the public service committee of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions in favour of the deal, there would have been real pressure on the No unions to walk away from Congress.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The trade union movement came very close to a split over the Croke Park II, the general secretary of the union representing lower-paid civil se(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said protection from the threat of compulsory redundancies was an inherent part of the Croke Park II agreement.

The prospect of compulsory redundancies in the public service will arise in the absence of agreement on pay cuts, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said(...)

Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte: said there was ’no particular will on behalf of the Government’ to impose redundancies. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Minister for Communications, Energy, and Natural Resources Pat Rabbitte said this morning the Government has ruled out compulsory redundancies in i(...)

Brendan Smith: Miffed at Enda’s cheesey red

Happy Birthdays to you. Happy Birthdays to you. Happy Birthdays Enda ‘n Eamon, happy birthdays to youse! You have to hand it(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: Expects a response within a fortnight. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said he expects a response within a fortnight to an initiative by the Government to engage with trade unions on plans (...)

Ann Fay, outgoing president of the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation,  presents incoming chief  Brendan O'Sullivan with his chain of office at the INTO annual conference in Cork yesterday. Photograph:  Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Primary teachers have voted overwhelmingly to form an alliance with other public service (...)

 TUI president Gerard Craughwell. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

There were no real negotiations involved in reaching the new Croke Park agreement proposals for staff in the public service, the president ofth(...)

It could be a fraught Easter week for Minister for Education  Ruairí Quinn as he makes his rounds. Photograph: Frank Miller

The three teacher unions gather this week for their annual conventions in venues in Galway, Cork and Wexford. Traditionally a (...)

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