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Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission 1st Strategic Plan 26 Jan 2016

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) have launched their 1st strategic plan today (26 January 2016).  This follows an extensive consultation process to which Congress made a submission. The plan includes under goal 4 - Making equality and human rights real - has a welcome committment to "having ...

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Workplace Equality Index launched for 2016 26 Jan 2016

The Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN) have launched the Workplace Equality Index - "Ireland's Benchmark for LGBT Inclusive Workplaces"- report for 2015 and information about the scheme in 2016.  Unions have an interest in scheme as a vehicle for promoting workplace equality in Irish Workplaces and also as employers ...

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EU strategy on equality between women and men 8 Dec 2015

Congress recently joined with the ETUC in seeking to ensure that the European Commission adopt a new EU Strategy on equality between women and men as a communication and not as a staff working document as previously announced.  The action was successful with the EPSCO Council adopting conclusions calling on the EC to adopt the ...

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Congress welcomes amendment to Section 37.1 8 Dec 2015

Congress is pleased that its long held demand for amendment or deletion of Section 37.1 of the Employment Equality Act has finally happened as part of the the Equality (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2013. This will make it illegal for religious run schools to discriminate against LGBT teachers on the grounds of ...

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Submission to Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission 11 Nov 2015

Congress submission to IHREC consultation regarding the development of their first strategic plan is available here

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Paternity Leave on the way 6 Nov 2015

A new Paternity Benefit is being introduced next year whereby fathers will, for the first time, have the option of applying for 2 weeks’ leave in respect of births from September 2016. This will be paid at €230 per week, based on the same PRSI contributions as required for Maternity ...

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Congress at STUC Women's Conference 2 Nov 2015

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Theresa Dwyer, Chair of Congress Women's Committee, addressed the Scottish TUC Women's Conference today in Scotland.  Full speech here

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Disability Seminar 15 Oct 2015

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Decent Work for People with Disabilities - where to now? Follow us on Twitter #DWPWD15 Pics from the event on our FLICKR account Employment Strategies for people with disabilities are being prepared in both jurisdictions on the island of Ireland. This year's seminar is an update on both and will hear ...

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Precarious work on the rise for women in Ireland, Congress tells EU Delegation 9 Oct 2015

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by Justine Carnec Women in Ireland are more likely to engage in low-paid and precarious work, according to Congress Equality Officer David Joyce. Although more women have entered the Irish labour market since the start of the economic slump, they are more likely than their male counterparts to work in ...

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Congress Executive supports Trade Union Campaign to Repeal the 8th Amendment 7 Oct 2015

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The Congress Executive Council recently took the decision to support the Trade Union Campaign to Repeal the 8th Amendment to the Irish Constitution. Women make up more than half of trade union membership in Ireland and it is unacceptable that they still live in a country with one of the ...

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Launch of Comprehensive Employment Strategy for people with disabilities (CES). 2 Oct 2015

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Congress (2 October 2015) welcomes the long awaited launch by the Taoiseach today of the Comprehensive Employment Strategy for people with disabilities (CES).  The first three years of the plan contains many concrete time bound actions that lay the building blocks necessary to increase the number of people with disabilities ...

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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

Bernadette Frances Patricia and Sharan
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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