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Neal Jones (68)  was laid off due to the crisis and is not entitled to the Covid-19 unemployment benefit. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

A growing number of older people, laid off in recent weeks, are angry at not qualifying for the Covid-19 unemployment benefit and have added their voi(...)

Debenhams on Henry Street in Dublin on Thursday. The retail chain has announced that it is permanently closing all its stores in the Republic.  Photograph: Leah Farrell/

Coronavirus is poised to claim around 2,000 jobs with the closure of department store chain Debenhams’ shops in the Republic. The fashion and househ(...)

Trade union Mandate said Dunnes Stores had agreed to increase the staff discount card to 20%. File photograph: The Irish Times

Staff at Dunnes Stores are to receive a 10 per cent Covid-19 premium payment backdated to March 9th, according to trade union Mandate. The union sai(...)

A file photograph of the  Mansion House on  Dawson Street in Dublin where the first meeting of the Dáil took place on January 21st, 1919. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

The public have been invited to make part in a nationwide forum to mark the centenary of the first Dáil. The Peadar O’Donnell Socialist Republican F(...)

Workers at Lloyds Pharmacy in Nutgrove shopping centre stage strike action. Photograph: Garrett White/The Irish Times

Further industrial action at LloydsPharmacy now seems likely after a group of workers who have staged several days of strike action over recent weeks (...)

Members of the trade union Mandate picketing at Lloyds Pharmacy in Nutgrove Shopping Centre, Rathfarnham, in June. Photograph: Garrett White

Pharmacist Lloyds faces further strikes at 40 of its stores here in a row over union recognition and pay at the chain. About 270 Lloyds workers are i(...)

Barista  making a coffee. Photograph: iStock

There is no evidence that tens of thousands of workers in Ireland are on so-called “zero-hour” contracts as trade unions are claiming, a senior resear(...)

The Government is to publish new employment rights legislation in the coming weeks. Photograph: Getty

Proposed new Government legislation aimed at providing greater rights to workers in low-paid and vulnerable employment is full of holes, the trade uni(...)

 Mandate said the Minister for Employment  Regina Doherty needed to come up with ‘robust legislation’.    Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Mandate trade union is calling for on the Government to introduce “robust legislation” to get rid of “exploitative” zero-hour contracts. John Douglas(...)

Patricia King, general secretary of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions. Photograph: Eric Luke

Trade unions have indicated they may seek higher pay rises next year to compensate members for rising housing costs, if the current crisis continues i(...)

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