John Douglas

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John Douglas  of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions: “Workers in Ireland deserve a pay rise.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Unions are to seek pay increases of 4 per cent across the private sector from January. The chairman of the private sector committee of the Irish Con(...)

The dispute centres on plans by Tesco to move some 300 of its staff recruited before 1996, to less favourable contracts introduced for personnel taken on after that date. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

A strike by Tesco workers belonging to the Mandate trade union which was due to be held on Thursday has been called off pending further talks between (...)

Tesco Ireland said 1,000 workers who have been with the business since before 1996 are being moved onto a new contract. Photograph: Luke MacGregor/Reuters

Tesco Ireland workers are to ballot for industrial action after the company was accused of ignoring a recent Labour Court ruling on staff pay increase(...)

Richard Boyd Barrett at a water protest in Dun Laoghaire on Saturday morning. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Thousands of protestors turned out to oppose water charges at Right2Water demonstrations across the country on Saturday. In Dublin City Centre, at th(...)

Mary Lou McDonald:  Denied move was an act of “desperation” by Sinnn Féin. Photograph: The Irish Times

A union leader behind the policy principles that form the basis for a left-wing voting pact has urged parties and TDs not to take an a la carte app(...)

John Douglas, president of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, speaking at a Right2Water press conference in March. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The trade union movement is not interested in the Government’s plans for “ social dialogue” if it confines and constrains the legitimate role of all i(...)

It is understood businessman Noel Smyth will tell officials from Mandate and Siptu that Fitzwilliam’s plans for Arnotts include the continued operation of the department store as an independent retailer

The businessman Noel Smyth, whose Fitzwilliam Finance Partners got control of the Arnotts department store earlier this year, is to meet union lead(...)

Mandate explained workers at the Gorey branch of Dunnes Stores were called into a meeting at 6pm where they were informed of the “immediate closure”.

Dunnes Stores in Gorey, Co Wexford is to close with unknown consequences for about 100 staff members, the Mandate trade union has said. In a statement(...)

Mandate general secretary John Douglas (above) wrote to Margaret Heffernan, the company’s director, saying workers allegedly dismissed since the strike must be reinstated. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Mandate trade union will meet solicitors on Monday to seek advice for union members it alleges have been “targeted” by Dunnes Stores management fo(...)

Workers and union representatives on the picket line at Dunnes in  Henry Street, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

The trade union Mandate has said its one-day strike at Dunnes Stores was a “massive success” and warned that the dispute could escalate. The union’s (...)

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