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Organising for Solidarity - Summer School 2018

Issued on July 27, 2018

Group pic GSSS18

Building our Power – Organising for Global Solidarity

10th Annual Global Solidarity Summer School

Blog in advance of Summer School – Building our Power – Organising for Global Solidarity

Over 80 trade union delegates from right across the island, gathered to discuss the movement’s global solidarity work and to hear from a range of national and international speakers.

Eamon McCann welcomed people to Derry on behalf of the Derry Trades Council.

Kevin Callinan, Congress Vice President, welcomed people to Derry and gave the Opening Address.

Emily Paulin of the ITUC Global Organising Academy, discussed how Unions have come a long way in “Building our Power” since the last ITUC Congress in 2014. 

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Congress at International Labour Conference 2018

Issued on June 06, 2018

speech 1 - David Joyce addressing ILC 2018
David Joyce addressing ILC 2018

David Joyce and Patricia King attended the 107th ILO International Labour Conference (ILC) in Geneva (28 May - 8th June). 

You can read his blog in advance of the conference here - since updated with some reflections

Mr Joyce delivered a speech to the plenary on June 6th. 

President Higgins addressed the conference on 7th June.  

Patricia King participated in the World of Work Summit on 7th June and posed a question to a panel of experts on the links between decent work and peace and resilience.

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Issued on September 04, 2017

Publication cover - Summer School Programme design 2017 - Cover image for Summer School Programme design 2017
Cover image for Summer School Programme design 2017


30/31 August 2017 - Wexford - “Building Global Solidarity in challenging times

80 delegates from across the island gathered in Wexford 30/31st August 2017 to discuss how Irish Trade Unions could influence global affairs and act in solidarity with workers struggles across the globe. (Pics here )

The opening Address was delivered by Sheila Nunan, Congress President and this was followed by an introductory session where unions summarised their work in global solidarity, including:

There was a session on Ireland’s treatment of Asylum Seekers which included inputs by:  

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Congress at International Labour Conference 2017

Issued on June 14, 2017


Congress was represented at the 106th International Labour Conference (ILC) by David Joyce (Congress Equality and International Development Officer) and Ethel Buckley (SIPTU and Congress Executive Council member).

Significantly, the conference saw the election of the Government of Ireland to the ILO Governing Body for the first time.

Press release and full text of speech of Mr Joyce to the plenary session is available here and you can watch the speech below and Audio from the ILO website here




Just Transition Conference

Issued on May 11, 2017

Conference organised by the Energy and Natural Resources Committee of Congress to examine the implications of a Just Transition for the energy sector in Ireland and internationally. Conference heard the perspective of trade unions, employers, the government, the environmental pillar and the view form abroad.

Conference programme here

Press release for seminar here

Minister Naughton's speech here

Speech by Adrian Kane, Chair of Congress Energy and Natural Resources Committee here

Brian Kohler's presentation is available here

Speech by Friends of the Earth Director, Oisin Coghlan here

ITUC Just Transition Centre here

ILO Guidelines for Just Transition

Working in a Cganging Climate - The ILO Green Initiative

SIPTU leaflet on Just Transition here

IMPACT Just Transition report

Coalition 2030 launch March 1st 2017

Issued on March 01, 2017

Coalition 2030


1 March 2017

Ireland can be a leader in one of the most important turning points in modern history

Coalition 2030—an alliance of over 100 leading civil society organisations working in Ireland and across the developing world—have said that Ireland is in a unique position to play a leadership role in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. They were speaking at an event today (1st March 2017) at the Mansion House in Dublin to mark the formal launch of the group.

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The UN Sustainable Development Agenda and Labour Rights

Issued on November 14, 2016

UN Goal 8 - Agenda 2030
Agenda 2030

“The UN Sustainable Development Agenda and Global Labour Rights” - a conference jointly organised by Trinity College and the Irish Congress of Trade Unions

Pics from the day available on our Flickr

The conference was opended by Jack O’Connor, Chair of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions’ European and International Forum, who spoke about the many challenges facing us to ensure that the goals are implemented, not least Goal 8.

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Ireland must take immediate action to support Refugees in Calais

Issued on October 13, 2016

camp 5 - Living conditions in the camp in Calais (pic Graham Seeley)
Living conditions in the camp in Calais (pic Graham Seeley)

Congress Global Solidarity Committee Calls on Ireland to take immediate action to support Refugees in Calais


The Irish Congress of Trade Unions Global Solidarity Committee is gravely concerned with the French government’s proposed demolition this weekend of the refugee camp, known as The Jungle, in Calais. The risk to the safety of the residents, including over 1,000 unaccompanied children, is at an all-time high. 

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8th Annual Global Solidarity Summer School

Issued on August 31, 2016



Responding to Climate Change, the global Refugee Crisis and eyewitness accounts from Palestine were among the key issues to feature and be debated in Letterkenny on September 2-3, as delegates gathered for the Eight Annual Global Solidarity Summer School, organised by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions.

The overarching theme for the 2016 Global Solidarity Summer School was Global Challenges & Opportunities – Local & Global Responses,which opened on Friday September 2 in the Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny.

Among the keynote speakers for this year’s event were the Minister of State for International Development, Joe McHugh TD, who delivered the opening address and formally welcomed the Global Solidarity Summer School to Donegal, the first occasion it has been hosted in the county.

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Is a World Cup game worth 100 lives?

Issued on April 06, 2016

board qatar

More than 7,000 workers will die preparing Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup, according to estimates based on Qatar’s own records. Each game will have cost the lives more than 100 workers. If this isn’t stopped will you still want to watch?Qatar’s World Cup is being built on the back of modern slavery. Qatar’s laws mean workers preparing the country to host the tournament are effectively owned by their employers. They are housed in squalid accommodation, go unpaid for months and have to work on lethal construction sites. Worst of all, they can’t leave their jobs, even when their lives are at risk and their contract is torn up and replaced with one offering far less money: employers can trap them in the country, forcing them to put up with terrible treatment and breaching their human rights.  

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