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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Trade Unions for Climate Justice

Issued on November 27, 2015

Peoples March

Update December 12 - Historic Paris deal recognises the reality of the climate threat, but only takes us part of the way. Read full ITUC response here

Broadly welcome elements:

  • A universal agreement reached after long and complex negotiations
  • Th long term goal which refers to 1.5 C°
  • A periodic review exercise which will hopefully intensify the global action      on climate change

Agreement lacking:

  • The lack of figures and calendar for finance. Article 9 is basically empty
  • The huge gap between the long term objective and the aggregate effect of the nationally determined contributions
  • The absence of reference to human rights and just transition in the operative part of the text. They are in the preamble however which is an achievement union negotiators can be proud of.

Brian Kohler's Blog on COP21 for Industriall - here

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7th Annual Global Solidarity Summer School

Issued on August 28, 2015

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Our 7th Annual Global Solidarity Summer School took place in UCC Cork 28/29 August 2015

You can see all the pics here:

Opening remarks by Congress President, Brian Campfield

Keynote address by Alison Tate, ITUC here

Shane Darcy, NUIG Centre for Human Rights, on business and human rights here

Congress submission on business and human rights

Sorley McCaughey on taxation here

Micheal Collins of NERI on taxation here

Rachel Mullen from Claiming our Future on the FTT campaign

You can learn more about The True Cost film here

Social Media as a campaigning tool:

Framework Agreements - Alke Boesigger, UNI

TTIP:

  • Barry Finnegan - Attac Ireland Info on TTIP Information Network here
  • Esther Lynch - See trade union perspective on TTIP here and here

Mayor Charter

Global Solidarity at our BDC 2015

Issued on July 13, 2015

Mags and John BDC - Congress President John Douglas presents a momento to Mags O'Brien, Chair of Global Solidarity, at BDC 2015
Congress President John Douglas presents a momento to Mags O'Brien, Chair of Global Solidarity, at BDC 2015

A range of international issues highlighted from our recent BDC

 

 Conference also saw launch of our Standing up for Palestine campaign

Event on Post 2015 Development Agenda at BDC

Issued on July 13, 2015

SDG Gig BDC 15 - Hans Zomer (Dochas), Mags O'Brien (Chair Global Solidarity); Matt Symonds (ITUC) and Niall Tierney (Irish Aid) at Congress BDC 2015
Hans Zomer (Dochas), Mags O'Brien (Chair Global Solidarity); Matt Symonds (ITUC) and Niall Tierney (Irish Aid) at Congress BDC 2015

Delegates from Unions North and South attended an event on the Post 2015 development agenda at our recent Biennial Delegate Conference in Ennis.  Matt Symonds (ITUC and Hans Zomer (Dochas) addressed the gathering.  Unfortunately, Minister Sean Sherlock was unable to attend as planned but his speech was delivered by Niall Tierney of Irish Aid.

This motion on the Post 2015 development agenda was debated during the international section of conference

You can read more about trade unions and the post 2015 development agenda here

Qatar World Cup hypocrisy action - please act

Issued on May 21, 2015

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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

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