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 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
Issued on April 16, 2015
In 2015 the Millennium Development Goals will expire and 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.
Issued on January 28, 2015
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.
Issued on December 22, 2014
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.
Among the keynote speakers are: