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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Decent Work for All and Universal Social Protection
In 2015 the Millennium Development Goals will expire and back in January we blogged about why this year is such an important one for international development.
The UN has launched a process of elaborating the post-2015 development framework that will replace the MDGs. The new framework will be a set of sustainable development goals to be agreed in September 2015.
Cover image for JFC - Standing Up for HR (5 pages) FINAL
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.
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.
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.