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Launch of Palestine Education

Posted on May 06, 2011

Palestine Education is a new initiative from the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign. The aim of Palestine Education is to provide up to date, reliable and relevant information to groups, organisations and interested individuals who wish to understand the roots and realities of the Israel-Palestine conflict. To achieve this Palestine Education delivers a short development education introduction to Palestine - 'Promises' - An Introduction to Human Rights, Media and campaigning in the Israel-Palestine Conflict. Speaking about the initiaitve, Congress Global Solidarity Chairperson said: "The Global Solidarity committee of the ICTU welcomes the Palestinian Education Initiative. This initiative is clearly premised on core educational principles of critical thinking and reflection within a clearly identified values context - namely that of fundamental human rights as enunciated in various international United Nations treaties. More info here

Conrgress letter re Sri Lanka

Posted on April 08, 2011

Congress has written to Tanaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Eamon Gilmore TD, urging Irish Government support for a lasting peace in Sri Lanka. Read letter here

Read the latest Global Solidarity Newsletter

Posted on April 01, 2011

Publication cover - GSN Volume 17 - Cover image for GSN Volume 17
Cover image for GSN Volume 17

Important updates on our development education and solidarity work.

In this newsletter you will find news about Congress' support to the democratic revolutions in the Arab world. Women are playing a crucial role in these revolutions - read more about it in this issue

You can also learn more about the Global Solidarity Champions new three days intensive course, including interviews with the new Champions.

Read more about the establishment of the first Irish branch of the Clean Clothes Campaign, dedicated to improving working conditions and supporting the empowerment of garment workers in the Global South.

There are updates on our solidarity work with the trade unions in Colombia. The guest contributor this time is Nick Grisewood who writes about the importance of ILO and the Core Labour Standards.

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"Refreshing, enlightening and extremely interesting"

Posted on March 01, 2011

GSC 5.14 - The new Global Solidarity Champions in Dublin on the 19th of February 2011.
The new Global Solidarity Champions in Dublin on the 19th of February 2011.

Succesful Global Solidarity Champions course

- This course is refreshing, enlightening and extremely interesting, said Barbara Oskoz, CPSU, after attending the Global Solidarity Champions course. And her colleague Brian Sheridan added;
- The course has definitely broadened my horizon to such an extent that I would feel guilty if I didn't bring the information back to the union members to encourage them to become more aware and proactive on the issues of Global Solidarity.

The 5th Global Solidarity Champions courses ended on the 19th of February in Dublin. Ten new Global Solidarity Champions received their certificates. So far 50 trade unionists in the Republic have taken part in the course. The course is the main tool in Congress' development education programme, which also includes the Global Solidarity summer schools.

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David Begg: End Sex Trafficking - Criminalise the purchase of sex

Posted on February 03, 2011

David Begg - General Secretary

"A norm that promotes gender equality and global solidarity"

As awareness of the harm caused by sex trafficking and exploitation in the sex industry grows, men in favour of reform of Ireland's outdated prostitution laws spoke in support of the "Turn Off the Red Light: End Prostitution in Ireland" campaign on the 2nd of February.

Chaired by Theo Dorgan, among those to speak were two trade union leaders, David Begg General Secretary of ICTU and Eamon Devoy General Secretary of TEEU. They called for action to prevent the sexual exploitation of women and children in Ireland through dissuasive measures against those who buy sex.

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Tunisia: Congress condemns the violent repression

Posted on January 14, 2011

David Begg - Congress General Secretary
Congress General Secretary

"Release those detained and prosecute those responsible for the attack"

In a letter to the President of Tunisia Mr. Ben Ali, Congress' General Secretary David Begg condemns the attacks on freedom and the injuries and loss of life. He urges the Tunisian Government to release those detained and prosecute those responsible for the attacks on trade union members and other citizens.

According to Tunisian trade union sources, over fifty people are thought to have died in clashes between the security forces and protestors, and many more have been injured.

Read the letter here:

Dear President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali ,

We are writing to you on behalf of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions to express our deep concern on the situation in your country.

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End the killings. End the Impunity.

Posted on December 13, 2010

Colombia dec. 14 - Tarsicio Mora, General Secretary of CUT Colombia
Tarsicio Mora, General Secretary of CUT Colombia

Clear message from the Colombian Trade Union leader Tarsicio Mora.

- The new President of Colombia Juan Manuel Santos said at his inauguration last spring that "respect for life is a sacred principle". But since then trade unionists and human right defenders continue to be killed and impunity still reigns.

The General Secretary of the Colombian Trade Union Congress (CUT), Tarsicio Mora gave a very clear report on the situation in his country when he visited Dublin on the 9th of December. He emphasised again the unified position of the Colombian Trade Union movement against the Free Trade Agreement with the European Union.

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Read the latest Global Solidarity Newsletter

Posted on October 15, 2010

Publication cover - GSN no 16  - Cover image for gsn_no_16_original.pdf
Cover image for gsn_no_16_original.pdf

Important updates on our international trade union solidarity work

In this newsletter you will find news about the Global Solidarity Champions training course,its interactive teaching and dynamic discussions. You can also read more about the Clean Clothes Campaign, dedicated to improving working conditions and supporting the empowerment of garment workers in the Global South.

There are updates on our solidarity work with trade unions in Colombia, Burma, Iran and Palestine. The guest contributor this time is Claire Courteille, Director of the Equality Department in the International Trade Union Confederation. She writes about gender discrimination in the new globalised labour market, in the article "Poverty has a woman's face". Read more - Click here

The launch of the Irish Clean Clothes Campaign.

Posted on October 08, 2010

WDDW poster 2010 - World Day for Decent Work 2010
World Day for Decent Work 2010

Successful workshop on the World Day for Decent Work

On the 7th of October, declared as the international trade union movement's world day for decent work, 30 people gathered in the Green House in Dublin to launch the Irish branch of the Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC). The CCC is dedicated to improve working conditions and supporting the empowerment of workers in the garment and sportswear industry in the global south

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Trade Union Voice at MDG Seminar

Posted on September 21, 2010

Aid Liberty HallCongress has added its voice to the global trade union voice urging world leaders at this week's UN Summit in New York to Act Now to end global poverty. Congress has sent a submission to Minister of Foreign Affairs, Micheal Martin, in advance of the meeting. Speaking on the opening of the 3 day summit ITUC General Secretary, Sharan Burrow called on UN Member States to prioritize employment-centred policies as key to achieving the MDGs. Ireland and the US are co-hosting a major Hunger Event at the MDG Summit.

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