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.
Issued on April 17, 2013
Leading members of the Colombians for Peace organisation will visit London, Belfast and Dublin next week [April 21st - 25th] in a bid to increase awareness of the dangerous situation in which the Colombian people live and to garner international support for a just peace process which includes all members of civil society.
This follows on from the highly successful visit of last year's delegation, although the measure of success for the individuals concerned on these visits is generally judged by the increased security risk when they return to their homes, which is a clear and constant danger.
Issued on February 26, 2013
Congress has joined with trade unions around the world to make the case for the inclusion of a specific Decent Work goal as part of any international development framework to replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGS). The Irish Government is uniquely placed in a very important position in the run up to the UN General Assembly in September - holding the EU Presidency in the first half of 2013 and having been appointed as Co-Facilitators for the preparatory process of the Special Event to be held by the UN to follow up efforts made towards achieving the MDGs.