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New ESRI Research Highlights Strong Interest in Employment Among People with a Disability 23 Jul 2015

A new ESRI Research report launched July 2015 highlights Strong Interest in Employment Among People with a Disability. Lead author Dorothy Watson said “There is a high level of interest in employment among people with a disability, with over half of them either at work at the time of the ...

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Cautious welcome for proposed paid parental leave scheme 22 Jul 2015

Cautious welcome for paid parental leave scheme proposed in Report of the Interdepartmental Working Group on Future Investment in Early Years and School Age Care and Education Services            Commenting on the launch of the Report of the Interdepartmental Working Group on Future Investment in Early Years and School Age Care ...

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Equality at BDC 2015 15 Jul 2015

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Equality was a major theme at the recent Congress Biennial Delegate Conference (BDC) held in Ennis, 7 - 9 July This motion, proposed by the Executive Council, was introduced by Ethel Buckley, Executive Council member and SIPTU, who noted the contribution of the trade union movement to the recent Marriage Equality ...

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Trade Unionists for Civil Marriage Equality 28 Apr 2015

Grainne Healy, Ethel Buckely, Seamus Dooley, David Joyce and Brian Sheehan celbrate YES
Since our launch back on Valentine's Day, Trade Unionists for Civil Marriage Equality played an active role promoting a vote for yes among trade union members. You can read about some of that activity on this page.  If you have something to include, please contact David Joyce Congress Reaction to Yes ...

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Forum on Future of EU Gender Equality 24 Apr 2015

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The European Commission held a Forum on the Future of Gender Equality in Brussels, 20/21st April.  The event brings together around 250 representatives from EU institutions, Member States' authorities, international organisations, social partners, civil society, academia and companies. It provides an opportunity to hear from key stakeholders and to gather ...

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UnionMIgrantNet registration portal opens 13 Mar 2015

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The ETUC led UnionMigrantNet portal is now ready and full operational. Following a Network Building Conference in Turin in 2014, and after one year of pilot action and testing phase, the network is now open to all those who wish to join it.  The portal is composed of two sections: 1. a “social ...

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United Nations Commission on the Status of Women 59th Session 9 - 20th March 11 Mar 2015

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Trade union delegates from all over the world prepare to attend the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW59), taking place in New York from 9-20 March 2015.  The trade union delegation will urge governments to take bold steps to deliver on the implementation of the ...

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Women's Views Women's Voices 5 Mar 2015

Theresa Dwyer, David begg, Vivienne Holding and Zuzanna Muskat-Gorska
150 delegates from North South East and West gather in Belfast for our annual event during week of International Women's Day. Press release for Event and International Women's Day It is one of final public appearances of David Begg, outgoing Congress General Secretary who addressed those gathered Gender Equality? 20 ...

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Love and Pride 13 Feb 2015

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The Launch of Trade Unionists for Civil Marriage Equality took place on 13th February on the eve of Valentine's Day in Liberty Hall. Congress is calling for a Yes vote. We believe that civil marriage should be available to all who seek it. There can be no such thing as a ...

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International Migrants Day 18 Dec 2014

Trade Unions around the World are calling for fundamental changes in national and international migration policies as the world marks International Migrants Day today (18 December). See full ITUC Statement here To mark the day in Europe, the ETUC is calling for continued humanitarian action to save migrants in the ...

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International Day for People with Disabilities 4 Dec 2014

December 3rd marked the International Day for People with Disabilities (IDPD) Trade Unions continued our call for more supports for disabled people in the workplace. More info here ILO Video on challenges people with diabilities face in seeking employment: More on ILO and Disability and Work here

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16 Days Campaign 4 Dec 2014

Congress has been supporting the 16 Days campaign to highlight issues about violence against women. We participated in the ambassadors reception for the launch of the White Ribbon Campaign.  You can take the pledge here. I PROMISE Never to COMMIT, EXCUSE or REMAIN SILENT about men’s violence against women. Or ...

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Pursuing ambition for Equality and Human Rights 4 Dec 2014

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The Equality and Rights Alliance recently hosted a conference on pursuing our ambition for equality and human rights.  Presentations and more info here

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Trade Unions supporting LGBT Equality 4 Dec 2014

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November was a busy month for LGBT Equality! Trade unions have been supporting the YesEquality campaign in the run up to the deadline for voter registration in advance of the promised 2015 Civil Marriage Equality Campaign. You can see all the pics here November also marked 3 trade union conferences ...

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Gender Conference 4 Dec 2014

The Department of Justice and Equality hosted a major Gender Conference in Dublin Castle, 25th November - Investing in Talent - Promoting gender balanced leadership.  Conference report and Presentations available here

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