Current Issue, 25th February 2015
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Lead News Items
Multi-year local bargaining pay agreements have been reached at two of the longer-established pharmaceutical plants in the Cork area, Pfizer Ringaskiddy and GSK, potentially covering about 460 workers between them.
With the imminent departure of its vice-president, Patricia King, to take up the general secretary post at ICTU, the country’s largest union, SIPTU, is turning its attention to finding a replacement for the vastly experienced negotiator.
The High Court has dismissed judicial review proceedings brought by a Department of Social Protection official who claimed to be a ‘whistleblower’, concluding that in taking his legal action, he sought “to abuse the process of this court”.
Portlaoise prison officers retain allowance for dealing with "subversives"
The Prison Officers' Association (POA) has welcomed a new Civil Service Arbitration Board decision that backs the payment of the environmental allowance for prison officers at Portlaoise, paid to deal with prisoners from 'subversive organisations.'
Aer Lingus - Government & unions to secure sufficient concessions from IAG?
While Aer Lingus unions were quick to close ranks after positive statements about the IAG bid by the secretary of the airline's consultation forum, they have also been careful not to rule it out. The Government, meanwhile, looks to be moving in the direction of a deal. (Read more>)
Departure of key HSE director highlights danger of 'brain drain'
The decision of the HSE's national director of acute hospitals, Dr Tony O'Connell, to resign over pay after just nine months in the job, raises the question as to whether recent public service pay cuts, particularly at senior level, have prompted a brain drain of our most experienced public officials. (Read more>)