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Union subs ceiling raised
by Eoin Ronayne
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Passport opens doors at work
ICTU/IBEC launch workplace passport scheme for workers with disability
by Niall Shanahan
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Unions mobilise against politics of hate
by Bernard Harbor
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New ‘green deal’ demand
by Róisín McKane
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Employers join four-day week debate
by Hazel Gavigan
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Palestinian youth tells of incarceration
by Mehak Dugal
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One Galway quiz night
by Mehak Dugal
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Unions warned of post-PSSA pay limbo
by Bernard Harbor
 

The possibility that no public service pay agreement will be in place to follow the current deal when it expires at the end of next year has been raised by Fórsa at a meeting of ICTU’s Public Service Committee, which represents most unions with members in the public sector.

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Fórsa wins leave standardisation deal
by Bernard Harbor
 

A number of HSE grades, including environmental health officers, biochemists, and pharmacy and clinical measurement grades, are to get enhanced annual leave arrangements thanks to a deal painstakingly negotiated by Fórsa.

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Reactive workforce planning blasted
by Bernard Harbor
 

Measuring hospital waiting lists and the numbers of patients on trolleys is a crude approach that “leads to reactive and pressure-based planning” of our health services, according to Fórsa’s head of health Éamonn Donnelly.

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Huge underreporting of harassment revealed
by Hazel Gavigan
 

Just one in every five people who experience sexual harassment in their workplace report it, according to a new survey by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU).

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Fórsa defends admin staff and managers
by Bernard Harbor
 

Fórsa has again criticised the “lazy narrative in media and political circles,” which constantly criticises health service admin and managerial staff.

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Private pay rises three times faster than public
by Bernard Harbor
 

Average private sector wage growth was three times higher than in the public service in the year to September 2019. New figures, published by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) last week, showed that average weekly earnings rose by 3.9% in the private sector and 1.3% in the civil and public service.

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Red weather protocol published
by Mehak Dugal
 

The HSE recently published its new ‘red weather event policy,’ which outlines protocols for emergency weather conditions. The policy covers leave and payment arrangements for HSE and Section 38 staff during ‘red weather events’.

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