Issued on April 01, 2014
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.
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
Issued on February 18, 2014
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."
Issued on February 10, 2014
FREE 23 - JOIN THE GLOBAL CALL
Today, Congress has joined with labour rights groups, trade unions and individuals across the world who are taking action to demand the immediate release of the 23 Cambodian workers who were detained during protests, in January, when garment workers called for a rise in the minimum wage to USD160. Read our letter here
Blog by TUC's Owen Tudor here
Actions, including the delivery of letters, e-mails, meetings with Ambassadors, and protests outside Embassies will be taking place in cities across the world including Hong Kong, London, Seoul, Brussels, Washington D.C., Berlin, Jakarta and Geneva calling on the Cambodian Government to:
Issued on February 10, 2014
Read our submission to the Department of Foreign Affairs review of our Foreign Policy here.