The current model of globalisation puts profit ahead of people. The flawed rules of the global economy see working people take home an ever-smaller share of the wealth they create while corporations are allowed to extract, exploit and undermine. These rules are human-made and we can change them. It’s time for a New Social Contract between workers, government and business.
In June 2019, governments, workers and employers are coming together for a historic meeting to negotiate the International Labour Organization (ILO)’s Centennial Declaration. This is a once in a generation opportunity to let us fix the global economy and get it working for people.
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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:
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
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.
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.
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.
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.