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Emissions and Carbon lock-in

Posted on July 09, 2020

Climate Change - No Jobs on a Dead Planet
Climate Change
No Jobs on a Dead Planet

 

NERI economist, Paul Goldrick-Kelly discusses the need to reduce carbon emissions.

Climate change linked to human activities represents one of humanity’s singular challenges and its effects are already being felt. Political groups and movements have grown, highlighting carbon emissions linked to rises in global temperatures, primarily arising due to our reliance on fossil fuels and wider (and increasingly damaging) relationship with the planet’s natural process of recycling these gases. These movements have fought for, and increasingly succeeded, in moving our relationship with the planet up the political agenda.

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A TUI Teacher's experience having to get to grips with online teaching in the midst of a Global Pandemic

Posted on May 07, 2020

Lisa O'Donoghue TUI Member
Lisa O'Donoghue TUI Member

Lisa O'Donoghue, TUI Member and Chairperson of the ICTU Youth Committee has published a blog for Education International on her experience as a teacher of Covid-19 and its impact on education in the future and on teaching as a profession.  Lisa's blog can be read below.

 

I sighed as I sat down at my kitchen table. To my left, a fresh cup of coffee, to my right stacks of textbooks, in front of me a fully charged Microsoft Surface Pro. Right, let’s do this! My fingers hovered uncertainly over my keyboard as I perused my notes and carefully formulated plan for the day. It was Friday 13th March and I was about to enter in to my first official day of ‘online teaching’.

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Disability Inclusion in COVID-19 responses in the World of Work

Posted on April 09, 2020

Dis Covid
Dis Covid

Webinar report by Paul O’Reilly and David Joyce

Members of the Congress Disability Committee attended the recent ILO webinar on disability inclusion in the world of work. Paul O’Reilly from ASTI provides the following report.

Facilitated by the International Labour Organisation’s Global Business and Disability Network, all interested stakeholders, including governments, workers' and employers' organisations as well as organisations of persons with disabilities participated in a webinar to share good practices on the inclusion of people with disabilities in the COVID-19 responses related to the World of Work.  

The webinar took place on the 24th of March, and was based around four presentations from different experts in the field and was hosted by Esteban Tromel of the ILO.

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Only a massive state intervention can prevent a deep recession

Posted on March 27, 2020

covid19
covid19

 

Dr Tom McDonnell and Paul Mac Flynn NERI

18 March 2020

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Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Posted on February 17, 2020

Sexual Harassment
Sexual Harassment

 

Sexual harassment can happen to anyone, anywhere, at any time. Yet all too often, it happens in the workplace. Congress Social Policy Office DR LAURA BAMBRICK shares some of the findings of a recent Congress survey of trade union members’ experience of sexual harassment at work.

Ahead of the International Day to End Violence against Women on November 25, a UN-designated day which kick-starts 16 days of activism against gender-based violence, the Irish Congress of Trade Unions conducted an online survey of more than 1,300 union members with experience of sexual harassment and sexual assault in the workplace.

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What life is really like living in a Direct Provision Centre - one woman's experience

Posted on January 13, 2020

elizabeth
elizabeth

It's estimated that there are more than 6,000 asylum seekers living in controversial Direct Provision centres across Ireland, with around 1,400 in emergency accommodation such as hotels and B&Bs. In her blog Nigerian born, Elizabeth Adeyemo describes her experiences living in a Direct Provision Centre in Mosney, County Meath for seven years. She graduated from Maynooth and is studying for a Masters Degree at DCU.  Elizabeth calls Mosney "a decorated prison" but also says she loves this country and like other immigrants longed to be free to work, to build, to contribute and give their children a chance.

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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

Belfast Shipyard 1900's
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

Typists in Dublin office
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

Tom McDonnell profile
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

ILO 100
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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