Issued on November 21, 2013
The Executive Council of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions yesterday (20 November 2013) met with Dr. Mohammed O. M. Amara Palestine General Federation of Trade Unions (PGFTU). Dr Amara made a presentation to the EXCO in which he outlined the economic impact of the Israeli occupation, including devastating levels of unemployment, and the daily humiliation experienced by Palestinian workers seeking to travel to and from work. Dr Omara requested Irish Trade Unions to promote pressure on Israel in any available forum to obey international law by calling for sanctions on Israel and boycott of Israeli goods, especially of goods/ services from illegal settlements. He also sought our assistance in seeking an end of Israeli strangulation of the Palestinian economy and freedom of Palestinian economic activity in "Area C" in the West Bank. Dr Omara also suggested twinning initiatives between trade unions in Palestine and Ireland at all levels to promote practical projects in Palestine.
Issued on October 24, 2013
Today (24 October 2013) marks the milestone of six months since 1,129 garment workers were killed in the industrial homicide at the Rana Plaza factory building collapse in Savar on 24 April. Only one brand, Primark, has paid any compensation. IndustriALL and UNI, the two global unions jointly working to make the garment industry in Bangladesh safe and sustainable, stood with survivors and families of the dead at Rana Plaza today for a candlelit vigil at sundown.
Meanwhile, the Clean Clothes Campaign has launched a new campaign calling on clothing companies to Pay a Living Wage to garment workers. Please support this campaign
Issued on May 10, 2013
The collapse of the Rana Plaza in Bangladesh has horrified people all over the world. Everyone wants to see something done about it to ensure that it never happens again.
At the request of the IndustriALL global union federation which represents textile and garment workers around the world, LabourStart have launched an online campaign. IndustriALL’s text, which came in part from their affiliate unions in Bangladesh, demands that the Bangladeshi government “take urgent action to guarantee freedom of association and improve building and fire safety and the minimum wage for the more than 3 million garment workers in Bangladesh.” Please add your voice.
The Clean Clothes Campaign Ireland also have an online action asking Primark to sign the Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Agreement immediately.
Issued on May 09, 2013
Congress is pleased to see references to decent work in the new policy as requested in our submission. The new policy states: "strives to ensure economic development compatible with our commitment to decent work and gender equality.
Issued on May 02, 2013
Following a series of very successful visits of national representatives from the Patriotica Marcha to Belfast, Dublin and London, we heard of the horror of another murder of one of their activists, local farmer’s leader, Alvaro Queguan. Mr. Queguan was shot dead by the Colombian Army in the SouthEast of Colombia. This now brings the total number of their activists murdered to 9, in what is only their first year of operation.