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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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Workers' Rights in Ireland under Scrutiny at International Labour Forum

Posted on May 25, 2018

ILO Logo - International Labour Organisation
ILO Logo
International Labour Organisation

David Joyce outlines the key issues that Congress will be raising at the forthcoming 107th Session of the International Labour Organisation (ILO). David will represent Congress at the ILO’s annual gathering

Some reflections from the 107th International Labour Conference (ILC) (added 12 June)

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‘Remember the Dead, Fight Like Hell for the Living’

Posted on April 10, 2018

Mother Jones
Mother Jones

Frank Vaughan of Congress reflects on the importance of Workers’ Memorial Day and what unions can do to help mark the event this year

It was the passing of the Occupational Safety & Health Act in the United States more than 45 years ago that paved the way for what we now know as Workers’ Memorial Day.

The ground-breaking legislation sought to ensure that employers provided workers with an environment free from recognised hazards, such as exposure to toxic chemicals, excessive noise levels, mechanical dangers, heat or cold stress, or unsanitary conditions.

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Removing Barriers to Progress for People with Disabilities

Posted on January 30, 2018

Fergus Finlay
Fergus Finlay

Ahead of the annual Congress Disability Seminar, Fergus Finlay - chair of the Comprehensive Employment Strategy Implementation Group - looks at how we can make decent work a reality for people with disabilities

Just over two years ago the Government announced a comprehensive employment strategy for people with disabilities. It was very far-reaching and extensive and was designed to be implemented over a period of years. Ever since then, I have been chairing an implementation group, which consists of representatives of government departments, the disability sector, and the world of work – especially the Irish Congress of Trade unions.

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The Business of Human Rights

Posted on December 19, 2017

Qatar and human rights - Protest at Qatar's failure to uphold workers rights
Qatar and human rights
Protest at Qatar's failure to uphold workers rights

David Joyce looks a closer look at Ireland's first National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights

The first National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights finally saw the light of day, in late 2017. The Human Rights Unit in the Department of Foreign Affairs is to be commended for its work in developing the plan and getting Government approval.  You can view a range of civil society responses to the plan here but for a trade union perspective on it read on…

The National Plan’s stated aim is:

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Can the EU Social Summit Deliver for Working People?

Posted on November 16, 2017

Esther Lynch - ETUC Confederal Secretary
Esther Lynch
ETUC Confederal Secretary

As the Social Summit opens in Gothenburg, the ETUC's Esther Lynch asks if the EU can deliver real gains for working people

‘Fair Jobs and Growth’ is a key focus of the much-heralded Social Summit in Gothenburg, a theme that many feel has been long neglected by an EU more concerned with fiscal rules than the well-being of working people.

And there is something concrete and worthwhile to discuss: President Juncker’s European Pillar of Social Rights.

The Pillar comprises 20 commitments and rights including “the right to fair wages”, the right to a high level of health and safety protection at work and “the right to adequate social protection.”

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Are Young People Hostile to Trade Unions?

Posted on October 19, 2017

Love Unions - Promoting trade unions
Love Unions
Promoting trade unions

Kurt Vandaele, Senior Researcher at the European Trade Union Institute, looks at how young workers can be attracted into trade unions 

 

The percentage of employees paying union dues has almost universally declined across Europe in recent decades. Moreover, much of the unions’ existing membership base is generally ‘greying’, with many members aged in their mid-40s to early 50s, as Figure 1 below shows.

 

 Fig 1: Median Age of Union Members

 Figure 1. Median age of union members in 2014 and its change compared to 2004 in Europe. Source: European Social Survey. The original survey question refers to membership of a union or similar organisation. *Italy: 2012 data.

 

In terms of organising, young people are considered to be the most ‘problematic’ of the different categories of under-represented groups in unions.

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End Corporate Greed: The World Needs a Pay Rise

Posted on October 03, 2017

Sharan Burrow, ITUC - Sharan Burrow addresses BDC 2017
Sharan Burrow, ITUC
Sharan Burrow addresses BDC 2017

To mark World Day for Decent Work Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) says its time to end corporate greed and raise wages globally

The global economic model has failed working people. It is driven by corporate greed and is working against sustainable development. It is time to change the rules and the governments who signed up to act on the Sustainable Development Goals need to do just that.

In fact 85 per cent of people want the rules of the global economy rewritten.

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No Homes To Go To

Posted on September 22, 2017

Housing Campaign Launch - At the launch  of the Housing Campaign, Sept 20, RIA Dawson Street
Housing Campaign Launch
At the launch of the Housing Campaign, Sept 20, RIA Dawson Street

Congress Communications Officer Macdara Doyle on plans to build a broad coalition to press for resolution of the housing crisis

For more than a century social housing in Ireland was successfully constructed, provided and maintained by local authorities.

Indeed in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s spending on social housing in this country was amongst the highest in Europe.

Those were turbulent decades for the newly-emerged state, as it struggled to cope with successive and deep crises: the destructive legacy of the Civil War, the impact of the Wall Street Crash and global depression, Economic War with Britain in the 1930s, followed by the outbreak of World War II in 1939 and then the near economic collapse of the 1950s.

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The Development Agenda

Posted on August 30, 2017

Theo Morrissey ITUC
Theo Morrissey ITUC

Ahead of the annual Global Solidarity Summer School Theo Morrissey of the International Trade Union Confederation looks at how Sustainable Development can become a global reality and how trade unions can play their part

 

The trade union understanding of development runs far deeper than simply increasing national wealth: instead it focuses on improving quality of life and life chances for the majority of citizens.

Decent Work is central to achieving this goal. It is a key factor in the fight against poverty and inequality in all its forms and in how we achieve a Just Transition to a more sustainable economic model.

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