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The Belfast Pogrom - extract from Labour,Gender and Class in the Struggle for Irish Independence 1917-1923

Posted on November 12, 2019

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Belfast Shipyard 1900's

The Belfast Pogrom Sectarian violence had been a recurring problem in Belfast since the mid-nineteenth century and provided an unsettling undercurrent that disrupted the city’s public life in almost every generation.

It had a particular impact on the development of the Labour movement, yet as recently as 1911, James Connolly the newly arrived Belfast secretary of the ITGWU and the longstanding local advocate of socialism in the city, William Walker of the ASCJ had agreed that sectarian violence was a thing of the past in an otherwise extremely bitter debate on whether the future of Irish Labour lay in aligning itself with Irish nationalism or integration in the British labour movement.

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The Marriage Bar : A Ban on Employing Married Women

Posted on October 14, 2019

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Typists in Dublin office
 
  

The Marriage Bar required single women to resign from their job upon getting married and disqualified married women from applying for vacancies. They were in common use up until the 1970s, which means that there are women alive today with first-hand experience of the Bar.

ICTU Social Policy Office DR LAURA BAMBRICK explains the Marriage Bar and how Congress would like to hear from women whose contracts ended on marriage, in order to record their memories of this important part of labour history.

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A Short-Time Work Scheme would help us battle the worst effects of Brexit

Posted on October 07, 2019

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Tom McDonnell profile

Dr Tom McDonnell, Senior Economist, Nevin Economic Research Institute

Every economic downturn is unique but often involve some form of demand-side or supply-side shock.

A ‘demand-side’ shock occurs when businesses and households collectively reduce their spending in the economy. Good examples include stock market or property crashes that lead to a general loss of confidence in future economic prospects. Supply-side shocks tend to be more damaging to the economy over the long-run. This is because they can affect a country’s long-run productive potential and its ability to grow into the future. Good examples include increases in energy prices or in the cost of trade, or political turmoil and prolonged uncertainty, that chokes-off investment in capital goods and new technology.  

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Centenary Conference of the International Labour Organisation

Posted on September 25, 2019

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ILO 100

Dublin Castle was the setting for a recent conference celebrating the centenary of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) themed around the 1944 Declaration of Philadelphia. The principal author of the Declaration was Irishman Edward J Phelan who had a distinguished career with the ILO and was credited with shaping its values.

Congress was represented by General Secretary Patricia King, Liam Berney Industrial Officer and David Joyce, Policy Officer and Deirdre O’Connor member of the Executive Council of ICTU.

The opening address was given by President Michael D Higgins, who expressed his concern at “new emerging trends in work, and his belief that “we are now witnessing increases in precarious employment, contract working, and ongoing casualisation of labour”.

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High drama in the House of Commons - but Boris Johnston is not the first PM to confront rebel Tories.

Posted on September 04, 2019

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Last night saw extraordinary events in Westminister, 21 Tory rebels taking a stand, one of them even crossing the floor in front of Prime Minister Boris Johnston to join the Liberal Democrats, and a crushing defeat for the British Government.

In a few hours of high drama, MP’s voted by 328 to 301 to seize control of the parliamentary agenda in an effort to avoid a no-deal Brexit. In a night of historic proportions, even Charles Stewart Parnell was invoked by pro-Brexit MP Jacob Rees-Mogg during a fractious debate.  

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Partnership between ICTU and NUI Galway to explore Labour Movement’s Revolutionary role in the struggle for Irish Independence

Posted on August 08, 2019

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The ICTU has established a partnership with NUIG this year to mark the Labour Movement’s role in the Struggle for Independence. A number of satellite events will be held in Athy, Belfast, Cork and Dublin. These are being organised in conjunction with local trades councils and other organisations, including University College Cork and Ulster University.

The Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht is part funding events and promoting them as part of its Decade of Centenaries programme.

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My new life as a young Syrian refugee in Ireland

Posted on May 08, 2019

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My name is Taqwa Alhariry.  I am a 27-year-old student, who escaped the savage war in Syria to live in Ireland with my mother and sisters.

I came here with my two sisters, Sarra (19), Maisa (22) and my mother Fatima. We were later joined by my third sister Amira (17), who came from Turkey, and we now live together in Enniscorthy, County Wexford. A fourth sister, Shaima is living in Belgium.  We are originally from Daraa city in Syria and I am currently studying Cambridge English in Dublin so as I can enter a university in Ireland.

I originally came from Syria and used to live with my family in Daraa city. 

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Gender Pay Gap Information Bill 2019 - What does it all mean?

Posted on April 10, 2019

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Gender Pay Gap IRL

Earlier this week, the Government published the long awaited Gender Pay Gap Information Bill 2019. The Act will amend the Employment Equality Act 1998 to require regulations to be made that will require certain employers to publish information in relation to the gender pay gap in their organisations.

The issue of mandatory reporting of gender pay gaps within organisations has been on the Congress agenda for a number of years now:

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10th Global Solidarity Summer School

Posted on July 23, 2018

David Joyce: International Development Officer
David Joyce: International Development Officer

Building our Power – Organising for Global Solidarity

10th Annual Global Solidarity Summer School

Congress looks forward to welcoming everyone to Derry for our 10th annual Global Solidarity Summer School – Building our Power – Organising for Global Solidarity

Over 80 trade union delegates from right across the island, North and South will gather to discuss the movement’s global solidarity work and to hear from a range of national and international speakers.  Kevin Callinan, Congress Vice President, will welcome people to Derry and give the Opening Address.

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Address by Michael D.Higgins, President of Ireland - At the World of Work Summit held at the 107th Session of the International Labour Conference

Posted on June 14, 2018

Michael D Higgins, President of Ireland
Michael D Higgins, President of Ireland

'The International Labour Orgainsation - its noble origins, its new challenges, and its potential global role as catalyst'

Address by Michael D Higgins, President of Ireland - At the World of Work Summit held at the 107th Session of the International Labour Conference Geneva, Switerland

7th June, 2018

Please see the version of the speech given by President Higgins here 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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