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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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Gender and Academic Staff 4 Dec 2014

Higher Education Authority research confirms that while the overall academic staff divide in higher education is 50/50, that males significantly outnumber females in senior posts.  The issue was recently brought to the fore when  the National University of Ireland Galway was instructed by the Equality Tribunal to immediately promote a ...

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Mental Health and the Workplace Seminar 23 Oct 2014

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According to the Equality Authority the greatest barrier that employees and potential employees with experience of mental health difficulties encounter is the attitudes that others have towards mental health difficulties. If they lack knowledge or understanding about a disability or mental health condition, employers and co-workers may have fears and ...

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Congress partners with Safe Ireland on Man Up campaign 23 Oct 2014

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Congress is pleased to partner Safe Ireland, along with the National Women's Council, on the launch of the 2014 Man Up campaign - Make Ireland the Safest Place for Women and Children Congress General Secretary, David Begg spoke at the launch and shared the results of research done by the ...

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Congress Disability Seminar 2014, Derry 9 Oct 2014

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Over 50 delegates are gathering in Derry (9/10 Oct) for our annual seminar on disability issues for trade unions. The theme for 2014 is the contribution that the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities UNCRPD can make to the lives of people on the island of ...

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Launch of Polish Network 26 Sep 2014

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Today, 26 September, 2014, marked the launch of the trade union Polish Network in Ireland. Official website here Minister of State for Equality, New Communities and Culture, Aodhan O Riordain, launched the network and wished it well, looking forward to working with us into the future. Mr Piotr Rakowski, Charges ...

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Family Leaves Seminar 25 September 24 Sep 2014

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Ireland lagging behind Europe on Family Leave, says international expert Dublin Wed 24th Sept – Ireland is lagging behind Europe on Family Leave and compares poorly to other European countries on issues such as maternity leave, paternity leave and work life balance policies. That’s according to an international expert who ...

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Breast Cancer Guidelines launched 24 Sep 2014

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Tanaiste Joan Burton today launched our new Guidelines "Policies to assist workers with breast cancer and other illnesses" at the INMO

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Casualisation of Work and cutbacks have disporportionately impaced on Women 17 Sep 2014

The National Women's Council of Ireland (NWCI) has said that next month's budgets is an opportunity to create a more equal society for men and women. The NWCI's pre-budget submission says that the casualisation of work – the move to zero-hour contracts and more part-time work – has disproportionately affected ...

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Revision of Maternity Leave Directive 14 Jul 2014

Congress and the National Women's Council have jointly written to all of our MEPs urging them to support the revision of the proposed Maternity Leave or Pregnant Workers Directive.  The Commission is considering withdrawing the proposal to strengthen maternity leave and rights of women who have recently given birth and/or ...

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