Kevin Callinan

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Kevin Callinan, general secretary of Fórsa, said the Government must change industrial relations legislation ‘to ensure not just the right to organise but the right to bargain effectively’.

The head of the country’s largest public service trade union has called for the re-establishment of social dialogue which would bring together the Gov(...)

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(...)

Kevin Callinan told Fórsa’s services and enterprises conference in Sligo on Thursday a key part of the vision for social Europe was effective social dialogue involving trade unions, employers and the GovernmentFile photograph: Laura Hutton

Industry Correspondent Trade unions are seeking the opportunity to influence Government policy on a range of areas rather than just be consulted, t(...)

Forsa indicated it would seek talks on reducing working hours for State employees to pre-crisis levels as part of a mid-term review of the existing public service pact with the Government. File photograph: Getty

The Government will face claims for special pay rises of 6 per cent from staff in the public service as compensation if it does not roll back addition(...)

Senior general secretary designate of Fórsa Kevin Callinan said “advances in new technologies and work organisation could defray much of the cost of reduced working time in the public service and elsewhere”. File photograph: Laura Hutton

The country’s largest public service union is to seek talks on reducing the working hours for State employees back to pre-crisis levels as part of a m(...)

In recent weeks there has been a succession of announcements by Ministers which would indicate that the grip of the Department of Public Expenditure may be loosening. Photograph: Getty Images

The Government will be very relieved the dispute by 40,000 nurses which caused chaos in the country’s hospital system this year has been brought to a (...)

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(...)

INMO’s Phil Ní Sheaghdha marching with nurses and midwives in Dublin: About 17,000 healthcare assistants, other hospital support staff and chefs will begin a ballot on Monday for strike action. Photograph: Alan Betson

At a time of international political uncertainty, the Government had hoped the issue of public service pay had been settled until early 2021. But th(...)

  General secretary designate of the Forsa trade union Kevin Callinan addresses the Industrial Relations News (IRN) Conference at IMI, Sandyford. Photograph: Laura Hutton

The Government will have to make its unilateral decisions on public service pay if the current system of negotiating agreements with unions breaks dow(...)

 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(...)

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