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Employment of people with disabilities 26 May 2016

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New employer helpline and website - http://www.employerdisabilityinfo.ie/ with information on employing people with a disability.   DJEI have also put information on supports available on their website: https://www.djei.ie/en/What-We-Do/Jobs-Workplace-and-Skills/Employment-of-people-with-disabilities/

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Ireland's second examination by the UN Human Rights Council under UPR 11 May 2016

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In Geneva 11 May 2016, Ireland’s new Government (Tánaiste and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald TD) appeared before the United Nations Human Rights Council. This is the second time Ireland has appeared before the council to answer questions about its human rights record from fellow UN member states, under the Universal Periodic ...

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Congress survey and report on Childcare launched 15 Mar 2016

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Congress launches its survey of members use of childcare services and makes recommendations for further investment in quality care. More here  Irish Times Editorial on the report and its findings

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Submission to the Low Pay Commission 15 Mar 2016

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Congress submission to the Low Pay Commission on the preponderance of women on the national minimum wage is available here. The Nevin Institute quarterly economic quarterly economic observer, with a focus on women and low pay is also available here

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Congress support for He for She & Safe Ireland campaign 15 Mar 2016

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Leaders from a number of national organisations, including Congress, attended a reception in support of the He for She and Safe Ireland's Man Up campaigns hosted by President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins on 11 March in Aras an Uachtaran. More details here and full report More on Congress support for ...

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2016 Women's Conference 3 Mar 2016

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200 delegates gathered in Mullingar for our 2016 Women's Conference 3rd and 4th March 2016.  Themed 100 years of struggle, delegates debated a wide range of motions and heard from guest speakers on the history of women's struggles. Full agenda and report for conference available here Thanks to Dan O'Neill of SIPTU ...

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Equality and Human Rights in Election 2016 16 Feb 2016

The Congress Executive Council have identified a number of issues of concern for workers ahead of General Election 2016. It is our view that if you want to see the creation of a fairer more equal society, people should support the parties and candidates who will back: The Living Wage, Decent Jobs, ...

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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 “effectively ...

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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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