Posts in the "European Pillar Of Social Rights" category

European Pillar of Social Rights Offers New Hope for Social Europe

Posted on December 16, 2016

Esther Lynch:   - ETUC Confederal Secretary
Esther Lynch:
ETUC Confederal Secretary

The EU is slowly emerging from the worst economic crisis in its history.

One of major casualties of that crisis was the European Social Model, undermined and weakened by the official response to a meltdown in the financial system.

Fundamental social rights and public services have been sacrificed. But an EU focused only in the market will not maintain the support and trust of workers and citizens.

With a third of workers across the EU struggling to make ends meet, Europe urgently needs a new social pact.

We need more Social Europe.

We need a vision that is bold enough to redress the glaring imbalance in the current model, that restores the primacy of livelihoods and living standards in EU policy.

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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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My new life as a young Syrian refugee in Ireland

Posted on May 08, 2019

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syria

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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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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FIFA'S SQUALID SECRET

Posted on April 18, 2016

Sharan Burrow, ITUC. Pic Horst Wagner (ITUC)
Sharan Burrow, ITUC. Pic Horst Wagner (ITUC)

Sharan Burrow - General Secretary of the ITUC - says a new report on human rights could finally force FIFA to do the right thing for workers in Qatar

Thousands of workers building the 2022 FIFA World Cup facilities and infrastructure in Qatar are forced to live as modern day slaves. They are housed in squalid conditions and survive on poor quality food and insufficient water.

Temperatures in the slave state of Qatar can sometimes reach 122° Fahrenheit.

These bonded workers are paid badly and often receive no money for months on end. No worker can leave an unsafe or abusive work environment or even exit the country without the employer’s permission.

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FIRST STEPS

Posted on March 16, 2016

Dr Peter Rigney
Dr Peter Rigney

Dr. Peter Rigney looks at the problems that bedevil childcare in Ireland and outlines how we can move to a high-quality, acessible and affordable model

‘Policy failure’ is a polite term used to describe the inability or unwillingness of governments and assorted lawmakers to deliver solutions to pressing problems, or to anticipate and avert disaster.

The banking crisis and our resulting economic collapse was a policy failure of epic proportions, even if a succession of inquiries and reports has, as yet, failed to apportion blame and suitable punishment.

The homeless crisis is another, more recent example of a systemic political inability to act decisively when there is pressing and obvious social need.

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NEW YEAR, SAME OLD TORIES

Posted on January 07, 2016

Owen Tudor - Head of the TUC’s European Union & International Relations Department
Owen Tudor
Head of the TUC’s European Union & International Relations Department

The TUC's Owen Tudor reports on the UK government's ongoing assault on union rights and why Valentine's Day may be a little different this year

On Monday (11 January), the UK’s House of Lords began detailed consideration of the government’s Trade Union Bill, the latest attempt to relive the Thatcherite dream of 'taking on' the trade unions and restricting our ability to defend workers’ rights and public services.

The Bill emerged largely unscathed from the House of Commons before Christmas, although the government was forced to concede some ground on the more alarming attacks on the right to strike – such as the Orwellian requirement that unions should advise the police and employers of union social media strategies (but not vice versa.)

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TORY AGENDA ON EUROPE THREATENS RIGHTS OF ALL WORKERS

Posted on October 30, 2015

Owen Tudor - Head of the TUC’s European Union & International Relations Department
Owen Tudor
Head of the TUC’s European Union & International Relations Department

By Owen Tudor*

 

The TUC has long been committed to the model of Social Europe as outlined by Jacques Delors.

The deal he set out is still the only deal in town: a free trade area, but not unfettered free trade In other words:

  • Rights at work to counterbalance the right to trade,
  • Free movement of labour, goods and capital,
  • Decent work with social dialogue, social protection and public services ,
  • And a successful, competitive economy in which wealth is shared fairly.

And what we got in the early years was pretty much what Delors promised.

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Who Remembers Charlie Hebdo?

Posted on January 29, 2015

Seamus Dooley - NUJ Irish Secretary, Seamus Dooley outside the Charlie Hebdo offices, Paris
Seamus Dooley
NUJ Irish Secretary, Seamus Dooley outside the Charlie Hebdo offices, Paris

Séamus Dooley, Irish Secretary, NUJ

Every morning I click on the International Federation of Journalists’ website

On the top right hand corner there’s a black countdown clock. It details the number of journalists and media staff killed so far this year.

As I write – on January 29 -  that number stands at 22.

This week my NUJ colleague Jim Boumelha, President of the IFJ  condemned the brutal murder of Mexican journalist Moises Sanchez Cerezo, from the town of Medellín de Bravo, in the state of Veracruz.

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