Congress Centres News
'Looking Forward 2 Awards Ceremony' in the Mansion House 2nd November 2015
Looking Forward 1, 2013/2014 recruited 40 learners in 3 locations. 39 completed the programme and 42% progressed onto either employment or further education. This programme was shortlisted for an Aontas Star award. Looking Forward 2, 2014/2015 recruited 296 Learners in 10 locations. By September 2015, 296 have completed the programme and close to 100 of these learners have progressed into employment. The success of the programme will be celebrated in the Mansion House hosted by Lord Mayor Críona Ní Dhálaigh.
BUDGET 2016 Click Here for CCN Submission
Congress Centres Network submitted recommendations to Government in relation to the upcoming budget, we attended the pre-Budget Forum in Dublin Castle and engaged in lengthy discussions with Tanaiste Joan Burton and Department of Social Protection senior officials. We appealed for the basic rate for the unemployed to be increased and the payment for under 26 year olds to be treated equally. Our research for 2016 submission was conducted using acutal case studies that trained information officers are dealing with on a weekly basis in the Congress Centres nationwide. Participants attending programmes in our Training Centres communicated their issues in relation to barriers to attending and accessing up-skilling programmes, costs of transport and lack of transport in rural areas is a significant barrier. We are very dismayed at the decision to leave the basic rates unchanged and the Youth Unemployed weekly payment untouched. While the increase to carers respite grant is welcomed this budget did not go far enough to support those with disabilities address the cost of disability.
Bi-Annual Conference 2015
Bi-Annual Conference 2015 Click here for Padraig Malones' speech address to Conference
Mr. Padraig Malone, Supervisor of the Limerick Resource Centre for the Unemployed, addressed the delegates at the ICTU Conference in Ennis last July. Mr. Malone said" The Congress Centres Network is a valuable resource to the Trade Union Movement. They offer immense practical assistance to the movement through the provision of training courses and facilities, meeting rooms, contact points and other such services. The Centres are also of assistance through active involvement in campaigns such as was seen recently in those around the Dunnes Stores workers and the Marriage Equality referendum.Centres are finding it difficult to carry on their work in a continually difficult economic and funding environment ."