Posts in the "Equality" category


Posted on March 07, 2016

Patricia King Womens Conference
Patricia King Womens Conference

To mark International Women’s Day, Congress General Secretary Patricia King looks at how far we have to go to achieve real equality


Gender inequality remains a persistent feature of life on this island.

Women are disadvantaged in work and still carry a disproportionate responsibility for unpaid care work.  Women are also severely underrepresented in the political, economic and administrative systems.   

Women are specifically referenced in the Irish Constitution - but there is no reference to gender equality and no reference to fathers. 

The highly controversial 8th Amendment recognises foetal rights as equal to the rights of pregnant women. Consequently, provisions for women’s reproductive health are highly restrictive. 


But women are over-represented among people on Low Pay and in precarious work.  

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Women's Lives Matter

Posted on March 04, 2015

Eileen Dinning, STUC
Eileen Dinning, STUC

Eileen Dinning*

If we are over 50% of the population, where are we in the power game ?

Well, not that prominent, if truth be told.

Media wise we see increasingly more women in positions of power. From senior politicians, NHS Chief Executives and Chief Constables, women’s profile is higher than it has ever been.

And yet, there is no significant improvement in women’s lives. If anything the trend is backwards.

Low pay persists and there is no sign of the gender pay gap closing.Women are paying out more on private childcare than on their mortgage payments, while the care system is creaking due to lack of funding and an increase in violence against women and children.

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Why European Year for Development is a Trade Union Issue

Posted on January 22, 2015

David Joyce, Congress - David Joyce, International Development and Equality Officer, Congress
David Joyce, Congress
David Joyce, International Development and Equality Officer, Congress

David Joyce, Congress Equality Officer

President Michael D Higgins was guest of honour at the Irish launch of the European Year for Development (EYD) in Dublin Castle, which was an appropriate way to mark this potentially critical year – for trade unions and wider society alike.

Over the course of 2015 two United Nations summits will effectively define the parameters for future international policy making:

  • In September, the UN will agree new goals to replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – a new ‘Sustainable Development Framework’ – to tackle poverty, inequality and environmental destruction, 
  • In December, the Climate Change Summit in Paris will set new climate action targets, to replace the Kyoto Protocol.

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