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Trade Unionists for Civil Marriage Equality 28 Apr 2015

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Since our launch back on Valentine's Day, Trade Unionists for Civil Marriage Equality have been promoting a vote for yes among trade union members. We will be populating this page with updates on Trade Union activity towards a Yes Vote for Marriage Equality on 22nd May.  If you have something ...

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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

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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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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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