The Global Solidarity Development Education Project

The Global Solidarity Development Education programme was established in 2008 and over this time we have trained close to 100 Global Solidarity champions within our affiliates, produced a range of resources and raised awareness amongst our members of the plight of workers around the world.

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Wrong time to ratify EU/Colombian Free Trade Agreement!

Issued on May 28, 2014

Ratification of the EU/Colombian Free Trade Agreement will be before the Dáil in the coming weeks. Please add your name to this petition to tell our TD’s & Senators that it is the wrong time to approve this agreement.

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.


Ran Plaza 1 year on

Issued on April 30, 2014

It is now over one year since the terible disaster killed 1138 people in Rana Plaza, Dhaka, Bangladesh.  What has changed?

John Rana PlazaA full list of companies that have contributed to the Rana Plaza Trust Fund can be found here and a full list of companies that have signed the Accord can be found here.

Congress participated in a Clean Clothes Campaign Event to mark the Anniversary in Grafton Street last week

Tailored Wages – new report investigates clothing brands’ work on living wages

Issued on April 01, 2014

Publication cover - TailoredWages-Ireland MARCH2014 (1) - Cover image for TailoredWages-Ireland MARCH2014 (1)
Cover image for TailoredWages-Ireland MARCH2014 (1)

A Survey of 39 leading clothing brands on the Irish high-street show they must do much more to ensure garment workers receive a wage they can live on. The Clean Clothes Campaign Ireland have launched ‘Tailored Wages’ an in depth study of what the leading 39 clothing brands on the Irish and European high-street are doing to ensure that the workers who produce the clothes they sell are paid a living wage. Based on a multi brand survey “Tailored Wages” found that whilst half of those surveyed included wording in their codes of conduct saying that wages should be enough to meet workers' basic needs; only four brands – Inditex (Zara), Marks & Spencers, Switcher and Tchibo - were able to show any clear steps towards implementing this – and even they have a long way to go before a living wage becomes a reality for the garment workers that produce for them.

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Release Kim Jung-woo

Issued on March 20, 2014

The Irish Congress of Trade Unions and Amnesty International Ireland have written to, Park, Geun-hye, President of the Republic of Korea, calling for the immediate and unconditional release of Kim Jung-woo, who was detained solely for exercising his right to freedom of association. We also call for the government to recognise the right of trade unionists to carry out their work without harassment or arrest, in accordance with international human rights law. Full letter here

Trade Missions and Human Rights

Issued on February 18, 2014

Qatar and human rights - Protest at Qatar's failure to uphold workers rights
Protest at Qatar's failure to uphold workers rights

Following the January controversy regarding the lack of a human rights dimension to the Irish Government trade mission to the gulf, Congress wrote to the Taoiseach expressing our concern. The letter concluded that: "One could draw the conclusion that Ireland’s trade interests are now to trump our human rights commitments. I trust that this is not in fact the case and that the current review of our foreign policy will reiterate such a stance and perhaps begin to develop policy and mechanisms to ensure the integration of our trade and human rights concerns in future trade delegation visits."

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