Posts in the "Workers Memorial Day 2018" category

‘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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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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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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YES EQUALITY!

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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Freelance Workers to Regain Union Rights

Posted on January 12, 2015

 - Esther Lynch: Legislation & Social Affairs Officer, Irish Congress of Trade Unions

Esther Lynch: Legislation & Social Affairs Officer, Irish Congress of Trade Unions

Esther Lynch, Congress Legislation & Social Affairs Officer

A new ruling from the European Court of Justice (CJEU) may force authorities across Europe to reverse policies that have resulted in the effective denial of full union rights to freelance workers, for over a decade.

The ruling – delivered by the court in December - arises from a case taken by Dutch unions which challenged the classification of freelance musicians as individual business ‘undertakings’.

Under competition law this meant they were not entitled to bargain collectively with their employer.

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