Kevin Callinan

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Fórsa general secretary Kevin Callinan said any successor to the current public service pay deal would have to be realistic in the context of an extremely challenging economic and fiscal situation. File photograph: Laura Hutton/The Irish Times

The current challenging economic and fiscal situation does not mean there cannot be pay rises for State employees over the life of any new agreement w(...)

Medical Scientists voted to take industrial action if early progress was not made on a long-standing pay dispute. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Government has indicated that it will not engage in talks on pay at this stage with medical laboratory scientists, who include personnel involved (...)

 Kevin Callinan says there is  now a real possibility that there will be no agreement at the end of the year. Photograph: Alan Betson

If there is no new public service pay deal reached and put out to ballot before Christmas, various groups will begin to move away from a negotiated pr(...)

Kevin Callinan, general secretary of Fórsa and chair of the public services committee said the basis of negotiations for a new public service agreement would need to address specific austerity measures. File photograph: Laura Hutton

Public service trade unions have warned that “time is running short” to negotiate a new pay agreement for about 340,000 State employees. At a meeting(...)

Kevin Callinan, secretary general of Fórsa said there is now ‘a grave risk that we will find ourselves, perhaps unintentionally, without an agreement at the end of the year’. File photograph: Laura Hutton

There is currently no basis for a negotiation with the Government on a new pay deal for 340,000 staff employed by the State, the head of the country’s(...)

Chris White (right), CEO of the  NCBI, speaks to demonstrators at the strike on Whitworth Road in Dublin on Friday. Photograph Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

Further strike action by workers in State-funded organisations providing health and social services is inevitable unless they receive restoration of p(...)

Fórse general secretary Kevin Callinan: ‘Section 39 workers were forced to organise and to threaten action to get a hearing. Modest progress was recorded. A process was agreed. Again the government failed to deliver last year.’ Photograph: Laura Hutton

Staff in nearly a dozen State-funded organisations providing health and social services are to go on strike on Friday of next week, February 21st, in (...)

Members of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) including TUI president Seamus Lahart, teachers Rachel Flynn, Kyle Clarke, Conor Crowley and Ciara Stack. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Whoever wins the general election will face having to address ongoing demands for a full reversal of lower pay arrangements introduced during the aust(...)

Nearly two thirds of public service staff are prepared to switch their vote to parties they have not previously supported if they pledge to offer pay increases above the level of inflation, a new poll suggests. Photograph: Frank Miller

Nearly two thirds of public service staff are prepared to switch their vote to parties they have not previously supported if they pledge to offer pay (...)

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: Fianna Fáil has rejected his comments as “nonsense”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has suggested to union leaders that Fianna Fáil proposals could see a pay freeze being introduced for more than 300,000 staff a(...)

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