Posts in the "Global Solidarity" category

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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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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WELCOME TO ‘THE JUNGLE’

Posted on September 22, 2016

The Congress delegation to Calais
The Congress delegation to Calais

Ashling Seely and Yvonne O'Callaghan of the Congress Global Solidarity Committee report on a visit to refugee camps in Calais and Dunkirk, against the backdrop of a disappointing outcome from the recent UN Summit on Refugees & Migrants in New York

The New York Declaration falls far short of what is needed to tackle the global refugee crisis. It an affront to the millions of refugees making unsafe journeys, to those enduring squalid living conditions and the 33,000 people forced to flee their homes daily.

It epitomises the critical failure of all official and governmental efforts to deal with this crisis.

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Global Issues, Local Action

Posted on August 30, 2016

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

David Joyce delves into some of the key issues to be tacked at the Global Solidarity Summer School

Global challenges & Opportunities: Local & Global Responses is the theme for the 2016 Global Solidarity Summer School, which takes place this year in Donegal.

This is the eight successive incarnation of the event, whose agenda and attendance grows and swells with each passing year.

This year, delegates in Donegal will debate the key issue of Climate Change the, critically, how we can make a just transition to a greener economy (see below).

The global Refugee Crisis will also be on the agenda, while we also hear new eyewitness testimony from Palestine.

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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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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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