Trade union Siptu is understood to be close to an agreement with the Building and Allied Trades' Union (BATU) that will see the two unions amalgamate.
The deal between Siptu and the union that represents bricklayers, carpenters and other construction workers is likely to be concluded despite concerns over a €3 million deficit in BATU's accounts and serious divisions in its ranks over the merger plan.
A recent protest outside Siptu's Liberty Hall saw trustees...
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