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.
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