The earthquake which struck Nepal on the morning of 25 April 2015 has left a trail of destruction. According to latest estimates, it caused over 7,300 deaths and injured some 15,000 people in one of the poorest countries in Asia. Massive damage has been caused to the country’s underdeveloped, poorly maintained infrastructure and property. Many buildings including those providing vital public services and private dwellings in the capital Kathmandu as well as in surrounding villages were reduced to rubble. Thousands have been made homeless and are in dire need of food, clothes, shelter and essential medicines. An outbreak of epidemics is also feared due to the lack of potable water and poor sanitation.
Issued on August 28, 2015
Our 7th Annual Global Solidarity Summer School took place in UCC Cork 28/29 August 2015
You can see all the pics here:
Opening remarks by Congress President, Brian Campfield
Keynote address by Alison Tate, ITUC here
Shane Darcy, NUIG Centre for Human Rights, on business and human rights here
Congress submission on business and human rights
Sorley McCaughey on taxation here
Micheal Collins of NERI on taxation here
Rachel Mullen from Claiming our Future on the FTT campaign
You can learn more about The True Cost film here
Social Media as a campaigning tool:
Framework Agreements - Alke Boesigger, UNI
- Barry Finnegan - Attac Ireland Info on TTIP Information Network here
- Esther Lynch - See trade union perspective on TTIP here and here
Issued on July 13, 2015
A range of international issues highlighted from our recent BDC
Conference also saw launch of our Standing up for Palestine campaign
Issued on July 13, 2015
Delegates from Unions North and South attended an event on the Post 2015 development agenda at our recent Biennial Delegate Conference in Ennis. Matt Symonds (ITUC and Hans Zomer (Dochas) addressed the gathering. Unfortunately, Minister Sean Sherlock was unable to attend as planned but his speech was delivered by Niall Tierney of Irish Aid.
This motion on the Post 2015 development agenda was debated during the international section of conference
You can read more about trade unions and the post 2015 development agenda here
Issued on May 21, 2015
Congress is cooperating with unions internationally to urge FIFA’s main sponsors for the Qatar 2022 World Cup ahead of the FIFA congress at the end of this month in Zurich. We’re trying to make the case that the sponsors’ corporate social responsibility policies should apply not just to their supply chains, but also to events they are paying for. If a major sponsor issued a statement of concern it would have a huge effect and embarrass the FIFA leadership ahead of Sepp Blatter’s almost certain re-election.
The email action is here and lets you send a letter to 6 main sponsors
View short film about the problem:
Sharan Burrow wrote a blog post on the issues here:
More background info here.
Issued on May 06, 2015