Issued on January 28, 2015
The Dail is today (28 January) set to debate and ratify the EU Colombia/Peru Free Trade Agreement. Congress and others have been to the fore in pointing out that this is not in keeping with our international reputation or committment to human rights. The motion takes no cognisance of the recent political contribution by the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Jobs Enterprise and Innovation and Congress has written to Minister Bruton seeking a postponement of the debate. You can read the Congress delegation contribution to the Committee here
Murders, disappearances; threats & intimidation of trade unionists, human rights defenders and lawyers continue unabated. Colombia is still the most dangerous place in the world to be a trade unionist.
Issued on December 22, 2014
Is the TTIP deal an assault on democracy or an engine for global economic growth?
Major December 10 seminar on the controversial trade deal, featuring keynote speakers from the United States and Europe.
Advocates of the proposed trade deal between the US and EU claim it will generate global growth and significant job creation. But an ever-growing list of opponents - including US and EU unions - point out that TTIP could result in national governments being unable to enact progressive legislation for fear of being sued for compensation by major corporations, along with the wholesale privatisation of public services and a further watering down of workers' rights.
Among the keynote speakers are:
The EU Council conclusions on the role of private sector in development overlook decent work and social dialogue
Issued on December 18, 2014
The EU Council conclusions on the role of private sector in development overlook decent work and social dialogue. On 12th December, European Foreign Affairs Council adopted a second set of conclusions on the role of the private sector in international development. The document follows the EU Commission’s communication, released on 13th May 2014, and the first set of Council conclusions, published on 24th June 2014.
Trade Unions are deeply disappointed that the promotion of decent work (and its four pillars), as fundamental component of sustainable development, has been overlooked in the conclusions. The notion of “decent jobs” quoted in the document, is not sufficient to reflect the rights-based approach of the decent work agenda, including the ILO standards and conventions, as binding commitments, collective bargaining and social dialogue.
Issued on November 06, 2014
Congress is pleased to be participating in the Department of Foreign Affairs Forum on Business and Human Rights in Dublin Castle tomorrow. (7 Nov 2014)
The theme is a welcome one and among the speakers is Dwight Justice from the ITUC
Dwight will be presenting a trade union perspective on the theme, informed by these documents:
ITUC Guide for union on UN Framework;
Joint paper on due diligence and Freedom of Association;
Civil society organisation will be present tomorrow and have contributed to a series of blogs on the topic in the run up to the event.
Why not follow the event on Twitter? #HumanRightsIrl @humanrightsirl
David Joyce is also speaking at the event and will be tweeting from @djoyce18
Issued on September 17, 2014
In early October, the Labour Advisory Committee in Cambodia is to announce a new minimum wage for workers in the garment, textile and footwear industry, which generates US$5 billion in revenue for the country. At this critical juncture, a coalition of Cambodian garment unions has called for international solidarity to support their demands for a raise in the minimum wage from US$100 to US$177 a month.
IndustriALL Global Union, the ITUC and UNI Global Union are jointly asking affiliates to join Cambodian unions in a Day of Action on today 17 September and organize protests at Cambodian embassies to demand a living wage for garment workers.