Issued on September 04, 2017
9 th GLOBAL SOLIDARITY SUMMER SCHOOL
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:
- Edward Keegan , Immigrant Council of Ireland Anti-trafficking Project Officer
- Ellie Kyisombe - Personal Experience of Direct Provision
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.
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
Issued on March 01, 2017
ALLIANCE OF OVER 100 LEADING CIVIL SOCIETY GROUPS CALL FOR NATIONAL ACTION PLAN ON AMBITIOUS GLOBAL TARGETS TO END HUNGER, CLIMATE CHANGE AND INEQUALITY
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.
Issued on November 14, 2016
“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.
Issued on October 13, 2016
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.
Issued on August 31, 2016
SUMMER SCHOOL WITH GLOBAL OUTLOOK HELD in DONEGAL
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.
Issued on April 06, 2016
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.
Issued on April 01, 2016
Terrorist attacks and the refugee crisis during 2015 should not blind us to some of the highly significant and positive developments internationally over the year. The year saw two major international agreements that, if fully implemented, could help stem the rise of both and improve the lives of hundreds of millions of people around the world. The summit in New York to set new sustainable development goals and later in Paris where the historic global agreement on climate change was agreed – all offer hope in an otherwise difficult period. Both agreements have trade union fingerprints on them and have huge significance for trade unions and their members around the world.
Issued on November 27, 2015
Broadly welcome elements:
- A universal agreement reached after long and complex negotiations
- Th long term goal which refers to 1.5 C°
- A periodic review exercise which will hopefully intensify the global action on climate change
- The lack of figures and calendar for finance. Article 9 is basically empty
- The huge gap between the long term objective and the aggregate effect of the nationally determined contributions
- The absence of reference to human rights and just transition in the operative part of the text. They are in the preamble however which is an achievement union negotiators can be proud of.
Brian Kohler's Blog on COP21 for Industriall - here