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Women Organising for Decent Work 6 Mar 2014

200 trade union delegates from across the island have gathered in Wexford for the biennial Congress Women's Conference.  The delegates will debate 21 motions and hear from a number of guest speakers over the 2 days - 6/7th March. Full details and report to conference available here Congress President, John ...

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Unions Call for Early Referendum Commission to inform Same Sex Marriage debate 27 Feb 2014

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Congress attended a roundtable to mark the launch of SIPTU's LGBTQ network in Liberty Hall yesterday (26 Feb).  Attended by trade unions and a number of NGO's the meeting agreed on a call (proposed by NUJ Irish Secretary and Congress Executive Council member) Seamus Dooley, for an early referendum Commission ...

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PSEU Anti Racism Publication 25 Feb 2014

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The Public Services Executive Union have just published a pamphlet: "Lets root out Racism", available here

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Launch of Training Options Programme 18 Feb 2014

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Congress General Secretary David Begg called for a national policy of "inclusive job creation" to address the devastating effects of the recession on communities across the country, during 27 January launch of the Training Options programme, which provides training and skills upgrades to people with disabilities to improve their prospects ...

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January 2014 and December 2013 Equality Tribunal Decisions 20 Jan 2014

The Equality Tribunal has published 46 decisions for December 2013. They are available on the Workplace Relations website here January decisions here

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Survey on Domestic Violence and the Workplace 20 Jan 2014

Congress, with the TUC, STUC and WTUC, have launched an online survey on people's experience of domestic violence and its impact in the workplace.  You can fill in the survey in a couple of minutes here and please circulate through your networks.  The closing date for the survey is 14 ...

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Congress supports the 16 Days of Action Campaign to end Violence against Women 25 Nov 2013

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Congress today (25 November - UN Day for the elimination of violence against Women) expressed ita active support for the 16 Days against Violence Against Women Campaign. Last week our Executive Council took the decision to play an active role in the campaign.  Among the initiatves taken were the launch of ...

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Submission on Section 37 of the Employment Equality Act 14 Nov 2013

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The Equality Authority has invited submissions from interested parties as part of a consultation process in relation to a proposed amendment to s37 of the Employment Equality Acts 1998 – 2011.  The Programme for Government states: “People of non-faith  or  minority  religious backgrounds and publicly identified LGBT people  should  not  be  ...

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Women's Trade Union Council of the Isles 8 Nov 2013

50 Trade Union women gathered in Dublin on 7/8 November for the Women's Trade Union Council of the Isles. Presentations were given and discussed by the 5 Trade Union Centres represented: Wales trade union Congress presented on the Wales Domestic Violence Bill; The TUC on Older women in the workplace; NIC ICTU ...

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Decent Work for People with Disabilities 10 Oct 2013

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50 delegates nominated by trade unions North and South are gathering today for the annual Congress Disability Seminar.  The theme is Decent Work for People with Disabilities and is being held during the week of the World Day for Decent Work.         Opening the event, Congress President, ...

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Launch of New Workplace Relations Website 1 Oct 2013

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(Received from Workplace Relations Reform Programme this morning) A new website which replaces the interim website of the same url, has today (1st October) been launched   The new website brings together, in a single source, comprehensive information on rights and obligations and good workplace relations and on the services ...

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Equality at Congress BDC 2013 22 Jul 2013

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Delegates debated and passed an Equality motion submitted by the Executive Council at our recent BDc in Belfast. Maire Mulcahy, Chair of Women's Committee addressed the conference following the motion debate. Deirdre O Connor also addressed conference on behalf of the Disability Committee.  

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Congress Submission on Violence Against Women 1 Jul 2013

Read the Congress submission on the issue of Domestic Violence to the Joint Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality.  

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Congress Women on Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 15 May 2013

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Congress Women's Committee statement following their meeting (14 May 2013) on the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill and support for the Action for X demonstration on Saturday 18 May.

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Appointment of members designate of new Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission 3 May 2013

Alan Shatter TD, Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, has announced the names of 14 new members designate of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC).  The persons nominated were selected by an independent Selection Panel set up for that purpose.  The Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Alan Shatter said, ...

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