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GLOBAL SOLIDARITY FORUM

Posted on September 02, 2010

GS Forum 1 - Jack O'Connor gave a personal and emotional report from his visit to Colombia.
Jack O'Connor gave a personal and emotional report from his visit to Colombia.

International Trade Union Solidarity and Climate Change on the agenda

On the 27th and 28th of August Congress held its Global Solidarity Forum in ASTI's Head Office in Dublin. 57 trade unionists from the north and south of Ireland met to listen to interesting speakers and discuss how to develop our international trade union solidarity work.

Congress' Assistant General Secretary, Sally Anne Kinahan opened the Forum and emphasised how hard the economic crisis has hit the global south, where millions of people have been forced into extreme poverty after losing their jobs. She said that the international solidarity work is of utmost importance and was happy to see so many trade unionists coming to the Forum.

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Sign the Global Petition on Child Labour and the Millennium Development Goals!

Posted on August 20, 2010

MDG - The Global March against Child Labour.
The Global March against Child Labour.

The Global March against Child Labour: "Your support is vital"

The continued existence of child labour is an obstacle to achieving the MDGs and, without achieving the MDGs, child labour cannot eliminated. The development goals of achieving the MDGs and eliminating and preventing child labour are inextricably linked and yet child labour remains as an invisible ninth MDG.

While not explicit in the list of eight Goals, eliminating child labour is nonetheless as critical as the others and cuts across the themes of them all. As long as millions children are forced by poverty and others circumstances into situations of exploitative labour, then they will continue to swell the ranks of those out of school.

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Pakistan Floods - how you can help

Posted on August 12, 2010

The deadliest floods in Pakistan's sixty-three-year history have killed over 1,600 and affected nearly fourteen million people. The immediate challenge is an emerging food crisis, with millions of acres of farmland destroyed. The World Food Programme says at least six million people are at risk of going hungry and food shortages are expected to rise. Several Development NGOs are working to provide humanitarian assistance to help flood survivors, and many have set up some emergency responses.How you can help Visit Dochas How you can Help site for further information.

ACT NOW on 2015

Posted on July 30, 2010

Dochas - Act Now - Act Now on 2015
Act Now on 2015

Keep the 0,7% development aid target!

Congress and 64 other organizations have joined the campaign "Act now on 2015". The campaign, which follows up last year's "We Do Care" campaign, calls on the government to deliver on its promise to reach the UN target of spending 0.7% of national income on overseas aid by 2015.

Ireland international reputation is built on its long held commitment to the world's poor. Even in tough economic times, aid is affordable. 0.7% is not just a number - it is trained teachers and doctors; t is more schools and hospitals; it is people living their lives with hope and dignity. Our aid promise is something to be proud of. Ireland must act now to keep it.

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Congress protests against Iraq

Posted on July 28, 2010

David Begg - Congress General Secretary
Congress General Secretary

Banning of trade unions in the electricity sector

 

In a letter of the 27th of July to the Prime Minster of Iraq Mr. Nori Al-Maliki, the General Secretary of Congress David Begg protests against the latest violation of trade union rights in Iraq.

On July 20, the Minister of Electricity on behalf of the government issued a Ministerial Order, which prohibits all trade union activities in the electricity sector. It orders the ministry in coordination with the police to close all trade union offices and take control of the trade unions' assets, properties, documents, furniture and computers. Finally, the Ministerial Order grants the police authority, under the terrorism act of 2005, to arrest any trade union activist who tries to protest against this unjust action.

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Jorge Gamboa: "Your solidarity gives us strength"

Posted on July 19, 2010

Jorge Gamboa and Jim Larkin - Jorge Gamboa at the SIPTU head office with Jim Larkin
Jorge Gamboa at the SIPTU head office with Jim Larkin

Colombian Trade Union leader visited Ireland.

The importance of the Irish trade union movements'solidarity work with Colombia was highlighted by Jorge Gamboa during his visit to Ireland 25 - 30 May.
- I can not enough emphasise how much the international trade union solidarity means to us. We are working under very difficult circumstances and the knowledge that people in other countries are waging solidarity campaigns for our movement, gives us strength to continue our struggle.

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Clean Clothes Campaign: Educate and Mobilise Consumers!

Posted on July 13, 2010

CCC Meeting 25.5 photo 1 - Silvana Cappuccio quoted Neil Kearney
Silvana Cappuccio quoted Neil Kearney "No garment worker should be paid so little that they can't feed themselves". Photo: John Chaney.

Improve working conditions of garment workers in the global south.

The Irish branch of Clean Clothes Campaign will be launched within some months. As part of the preparations a public meeting was held in Dublin on the 25th of May. More than 50, mostly young, people attended. Almost all of them signed a list declaring their interest to join the work of an Irish branch of the Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC).

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Dramatic increase in the number of trade unionists murdered in 2009

Posted on June 17, 2010

GS LOGO - International Trade Union Solidarity is more important than ever.
International Trade Union Solidarity is more important than ever.

101 killings - an increase of 30% over the previous year

The International Trade Union Confederation's Annual Survey of Trade Union Rights has documented a dramatic increase in the number of trade unionists murdered in 2009, with 101 killings - an increase of 30% over the previous year. The Survey, released on the 9th of June, also reveals growing pressure on fundamental workers' rights around the world as the impact of the global economic crisis on employment deepened.

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Israel's Assault akin to actions of a 'Rogue State'

Posted on May 31, 2010

Jack O'Connor - Jack O'Connor President of ICTU
Jack O'Connor President of ICTU

"Congress calls for an immediate suspension of the EU's trade agreement with Israel"

Congress President Jack O'Connor and General Secretary David Begg have jointly condemned the Israeli assault on the Gaza aid convoy, during which at least 10 civilians were killed.
The joint statement said: "This was a callous attack on innocent civilians which showed an utter disregard for all precepts of international law and human rights.
"The people on those boats were civilians engaged in peaceful humanitarian work, bringing much needed aid to the Gaza Strip and were no threat to anyone.
"To launch a military assault on a humanitarian convoy is beyond the bounds of all that is acceptable and should be judged as such by the international community. The assault was akin to the actions of a rogue state.
"On behalf of the Irish Trade Union movement we would like to extend our sympathies to those killed and injured in this attack and we are thankful that the Irish contingent appears to be safe and well.
"We lend our support to calls for an immediate suspension of the EU's trade agreement with Israel and we also believe that the recent decision to accept Israel into full membership of the OECD should be reversed with immediate effect."

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Congress' Middle East Conference in Dublin Castle

Posted on April 23, 2010

Palestine Conference 4 - Congress' Middle East Conference in Dublin Castle on the 16th of April 2010.
Congress' Middle East Conference in Dublin Castle on the 16th of April 2010.


Strong Trade Union Solidarity with Palestine.

More than 150 trade union delegates and observers attended ICTU's Middle East Conference "The way forward for Trade Union Solidarity" in St Patrick's Hall, Dublin Castle on Friday the 16th of April.

The aim of the conference was twofold: to build support for Congress policy on the Middle East and to learn from other trade union actions around the world; to strengthen relationships with the labour movements in the Middle East and beyond and to assist discussion about how union solidarity can contribute to a peaceful solution that respects both UN resolutions and human and trade union rights.

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