Issued on May 10, 2013
The collapse of the Rana Plaza in Bangladesh has horrified people all over the world. Everyone wants to see something done about it to ensure that it never happens again.
At the request of the IndustriALL global union federation which represents textile and garment workers around the world, LabourStart have launched an online campaign. IndustriALL’s text, which came in part from their affiliate unions in Bangladesh, demands that the Bangladeshi government “take urgent action to guarantee freedom of association and improve building and fire safety and the minimum wage for the more than 3 million garment workers in Bangladesh.” Please add your voice.
The Clean Clothes Campaign Ireland also have an online action asking Primark to sign the Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Agreement immediately.
Issued on May 09, 2013
Congress is pleased to see references to decent work in the new policy as requested in our submission. The new policy states: "strives to ensure economic development compatible with our commitment to decent work and gender equality.
Issued on May 02, 2013
Following a series of very successful visits of national representatives from the Patriotica Marcha to Belfast, Dublin and London, we heard of the horror of another murder of one of their activists, local farmer’s leader, Alvaro Queguan. Mr. Queguan was shot dead by the Colombian Army in the SouthEast of Colombia. This now brings the total number of their activists murdered to 9, in what is only their first year of operation.
Issued on April 17, 2013
Leading members of the Colombians for Peace organisation will visit London, Belfast and Dublin next week [April 21st - 25th] in a bid to increase awareness of the dangerous situation in which the Colombian people live and to garner international support for a just peace process which includes all members of civil society.
This follows on from the highly successful visit of last year's delegation, although the measure of success for the individuals concerned on these visits is generally judged by the increased security risk when they return to their homes, which is a clear and constant danger.
Issued on February 26, 2013
Congress has joined with trade unions around the world to make the case for the inclusion of a specific Decent Work goal as part of any international development framework to replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGS). The Irish Government is uniquely placed in a very important position in the run up to the UN General Assembly in September - holding the EU Presidency in the first half of 2013 and having been appointed as Co-Facilitators for the preparatory process of the Special Event to be held by the UN to follow up efforts made towards achieving the MDGs.
Issued on February 13, 2013
For some February 14th is just another ordinary day, for others it’s all about the chocolate and flowers, but for workers in those industries it can mean a different thing entirely.
It is estimated that there are 211 million child workers [ILO] around the world of which approximately 120 million are working full-time to support their families. According to the ILF, Cote d’Ivoire is the largest supplier of cocoa globally, providing more than 40% of global production. As world cocoa prices remain low, in order to stay in the industry farmers are employing children and there are estimates that around 109,000 children in the Cote d’Ivoire cocoa industry work under the “worst forms of child labour” with around 10,000 victims of human trafficking or enslavement [US State Dept].
Issued on December 21, 2012
Students, at both primary and secondary level, became heavily involved in our Christmas Card appeal for Colombian prisoner Omar Combita. Many sent handmade cards with their own special greeting on whilst others sent some very heartfelt messages of support.
We are very grateful to them for taking the time to do this, along with many other activists who sent cards and greetings, and I am sure Omar will benefit greatly from our thoughts at this time.
We will keep you updated on the progress of this and other cases in Colombia.
Wishing you all a peaceful and safe Christmas and New Year.
Issued on December 05, 2012
Minister for Trade and Development, Joe Costello, TD, launched the 2012 annual report on Education for All on 27th November 2012 in the INTO Learning Centre, Parnell Square, Dublin 1.
Education for All is the global drive to achieve Millennium Development Goal Number 2 by 2015. The 2012 report focuses on “Youth and Skills”; how education must provide young people with a broad range of skills – not just information – to enable young people to access jobs, vocational training and further education.
The report was prepared by UNESCO and contains examples of how education systems are focusing on skills and vocational training, of which many of the examples are highly relevant to Ireland
More information on education and the MDGs can be found on UNESCO site.
Issued on November 30, 2012
UN votes overwhelmingly to recognise Palestine as the world's 194th state with some notable exceptions
A resolution has just been adopted by the UN General Assembly to give Observer State status in the UN to Palestine.
The state of Palestine has already been recognized by 132 countries, and the Palestinians have 80 embassies and 40 representative offices around the world, according to the Palestinian Foreign Ministry. Palestinians lobbied hard for Western support, winning over key European countries including France, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden and Ireland, as well as Japan and New Zealand. Germany and Britain were among the many Western nations that abstained. Joining the United States and Israel in voting "no" were Canada, the Czech Republic, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau and Panama.
Issued on November 29, 2012
Justice for Colombia [Ireland] is inviting everyone to send a greeting card to Omar Alfonso Combita this Christmas to express our solidarity.
Omar is a teacher currently being held without trial since October 2011 accused of "rebellion" and more details of the ongoing campaign can be found here.