Current Issue, 27th August 2014
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Lead News Items
Further efforts will be made to secure formal agreement between the HSE and the Irish Medical Organisation on a new pay and career structure for new hospital consultants after intensive talks ended without full agreement on Tuesday.
Major food and drinks multinational Unilever has been told by the Labour Court to restore the working relationship it had with SIPTU during the 30 years up to last May. The company had told the LRC it intended to deal with a number of workers directly rather than through the union.
National rail strike leaves both sides counting the cost
The third public transport strike in little over a year, this time at Iarnrod Eireann, looks difficult to resolve, but the finite nature of the savings sought may put a limit on the workers' incentive to undertake further action. (Read more>)
Howlin's pay restoration scenario must factor in political and cost pressures
Assuming that the public finances continue on their current positive trend, public service unions expect at least some part of the restoration of pay cuts - implemented over the last five years - to arrive in the first half of 2016, or before the expiry of the HRA in July 2016. (Read more>)
ESB retirees lose pension levy discrimination claim at Equality Tribunal
The Equality Tribunal has dismissed claims for discrimination against the company brought by eight retired ESB employees, arising out of a decision to fund the Government pensions levy through a reduction in benefits payable under the pension scheme. (Read more>)