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€114,816 to the Haiti Emergency Campaign

Posted on April 09, 2010

CWU €90,000 Haiti - The General Secretary of CWU, Steve Fitzpatrick presents the €90,000 cheque for the Haiti Emergency Campaign to David Begg, ICTU.
The General Secretary of CWU, Steve Fitzpatrick presents the €90,000 cheque for the Haiti Emergency Campaign to David Begg, ICTU.

CWU donated an outstanding €90,000

Earlier this year the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) launched a solidarity campaign in response to the earthquake in Haiti which took place in January. This appeal for humanitarian support for victims is in cooperation with its regional organization for the Americas (TUCA).Trade Unions around the world mobilised support on an extraordinary scale.

Congress itself has contributed €114,816 in the Haiti Emergency Campaign. This fund will be used for the reconstruction of Haiti and support to the Haitian trade union movement. CWU donated an outstanding €90,000 to this Campaign along with important contributions from NIPSA, PSEU,INTO, MANDATE and UNISON.Other unions such as IMPACT also contributed (50,000) to the Haiti emergency work through various NGO's such as Concern.

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Building Solidarity with Burmese workers

Posted on March 30, 2010

Burma Meeting  6 - June Sorensen, responsible for Burma solidarity in the ITUC. Photo: John Chaney
June Sorensen, responsible for Burma solidarity in the ITUC. Photo: John Chaney

IMPACT and PSEU support the Trade Union movement in Burma with €20,000

On the 25th of March ICTU Global Solidarity and Burma Action Ireland co-organised a solidarity meeting with the Trade Unions in Burma. The meeting was held in INTO learning centre in Dublin.

The main speaker was June Sorensen, who is responsible for the Burma solidarity work at the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC). She informed the meeting about the extreme oppression of workers in Burma, one of the last countries in world where state institutions impose forced labour on the population. But despite the risk of torture and imprisonment, trade unionists operate underground to organise and unite the workers.

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Read the latest Global Solidarity Newsletter

Posted on March 02, 2010

Publication cover - Global Solidarity News - February 2010 - Cover image for gsn_jan2010_web.pdf
Cover image for gsn_jan2010_web.pdf

Important updates on our international trade union solidarity work

In this newsletter you will find updates about the solidarity campaign and lobby work of Justice for Colombia, the partnership project we have with the Lesotho Congress of Democratic Unions, the support we hope to give to the Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions through the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign beginning in 2010.

On page 7 you can read about the desperate employment conditions that garment workers, mostly women, are enduring and Congress' response to this by focusing on 'clean clothes campaign' with other Irish groups who share these concerns.

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Congress protest against Iran

Posted on February 18, 2010

David Begg - General Secretary

David Begg: "Solidarity with the Iranian trade Union movement."

In a letter to the Iranian Ambassador Mr. Ebrahim Rahimpour the General Secretary David Begg protests against Iran denying its labour force the most basic rights. He writes that "the Iranian government has targeted independent unions for repression and many of their leaders are now in prison. Strikes and labour celebrations are not tolerated and workers are effectively deprived of representation. Arrests, intimidation and legal persecution are common."

David Begg emphsises Congress solidarity with the Iranian trade union movement and gives ICTU's full support for their basic demands:

- Abolishment of executions.

- Immediate and unconditional release of labour activists and all other social movements activists from jails.

- Immediate and unconditional freedom in formation of trade unions.

 

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Congress and LECODU's succesful partnership project in Lesotho

Posted on February 15, 2010

Lesotho girl - Young girl in Lesotho. Photo:Eileen O'Leary.
Young girl in Lesotho. Photo:Eileen O'Leary.


"This project is rescuing embattled and marginalized workers of Lesotho and their families".


ICTU and the Lesotho Congress of Democratic Unions have, together with Irish Aid, developed this trade union capacity building project. The first year has been successful and LECODU is now represented in all 10 districts of the country. Previously LECODU only had committees in two of the districts.

HIV/AIDS

The HIV/AIDS information campaign, which is a part of the project, is expanding. In Lesotho, where 25% of the population is infected and more than 300,000 children are orphans due to the epidemic, HIV/AIDS is an issue of high priority for the trade union movement. The existence of the ten district committees has contributed to a more decentralised and effective HIV/AIDS information campaign work.

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€ 102,117 for Medical Aid to Gaza.

Posted on January 27, 2010

Ballagh print - Saeb Shaat IMAP, Anne Casey ICTU, Mick Lanigan and Yussef Dorkham IMAP with Robert Ballagh's Gaza print.
Saeb Shaat IMAP, Anne Casey ICTU, Mick Lanigan and Yussef Dorkham IMAP with Robert Ballagh's Gaza print.

Congress' Gaza emergency solidarity campaign in 2009 resulted in an impressive €102,117.

All the funding was directed to Irish Medical Aid for Palestinians (IMAP). €43,200 came from direct contributions from affiliated unions and €58,917 came from a separate campaign where artist Robert Ballagh had produced a limited edition print to raise funds for medical aid to Gaza.

Individual trade union members Mags O'Brien SIPTU, Noirin Green UNITE and Anne Casey ICTU ran this succesful campaign. At a special solidarity event on the 23rd of June in Liberty Hall most of the funding was given to the Chairman of IMAP Mr. Mick Lanigan. There are still a small number of Ballagh's Gaza prints available, if you are interested in buying one (€150), please contact the Global Solidarity office.

Succesful Solidarity work on Colombia

Posted on December 17, 2009

Yessika 5 - Colm O'Gorman, Yessika Hoyos Morales and Jack O'Connor
Colm O'Gorman, Yessika Hoyos Morales and Jack O'Connor

Yessika Hoyos Morales: "Make sure that Europe does not put commercial interests before Human Rights"

Trade union solidarity work on Colombia has had recent success. On the 9th of December Congress along with the TUC in the UK and the European Trade Union Confederation organised a hearing in the European Parliament in Brussels. More than 100 people, including several MEPs, from all around Europe attended the hearing and several European speakers mentioned the Congress letter, co-signed by all the Irish MEPs, to the EU-Commission demanding the suspension of the European Union's negotiations for a Free Trade Agreement with Colombia. Congress was represented by the chairperson of the Irish branch of Justice For Colombia Mick Dowling and the Global Solidarity Officer Stellan Hermansson.

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COP 15 - UN Climate Change Conference Copenhagen 7-18 December 2009

Posted on December 07, 2009

Publication cover - Congress Green Shoots Document Nov 09 - Cover image for Congress Green Shoots Document Nov 09
Cover image for Congress Green Shoots Document Nov 09


ITUC: "The world can simply not wait any longer"

The International Trade Union Confederation call on all governments and, in priority, those in developed countries and major economies in the developing world to firmly commit to emission reductions, on the basis of their different responsibilities and respective capabilities.
Climate change will affect all aspects of our lives, in particular the way we produce and consume. Its immediate impacts will target the poorest and most vulnerable people. It will certainly also have effects on employment. Measures taken to combat climate change, in particular those aiming at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, while crucial, will require important transformations in the world of work and generate opportunities and challenges for workers and trade unions.

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David Begg's call on TDs and Senators; "Help us suspend EU's Free Trade negotiations with Colombia"

Posted on November 30, 2009

David Begg - General Secretary

"Crimes against human rights are not to be rewarded"

In a letter to all TDs and Senators, the General Secretary of ICTU David Begg writes; "I kindly ask you, and all other TDs and Senators in Ireland, to support the work to suspend EU's negotiations with Colombia on a Free Trade Agreement. It is of utmost importance that our Government takes a clear position within the European Unions in favour of this demand. In the end, this is a question of showing Colombia and the world that crimes against human rights are not to be rewarded."

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NEW PUBLICATION - Ethical Consumerism: A guide for trade unions

Posted on November 13, 2009

Publication cover - Ethical Consumer Guide - ICTU - Cover image for Ethical Consumer Guide - ICTU
Cover image for Ethical Consumer Guide - ICTU

David Begg:
"In fact shoppers interest in ethical products has gone upp despite the credit crunch"

In his foreword to the new Global Solidarity publication "Ethical Consumerism" the General Secretary of ICTU David Begg writes; "Congress is very pleased to be publishing the latest in our series of publications - 'A trade union guide to ethical consumerism'. One might question the timing of the publication of such an guide given the global economic crisis that is having such a devastating effect on workers around the globe. However, the evidence suggests that the predicted demise of the ethical market - 'ethical is a fad and a luxury and now that hard times are here we'll forget this nonsense and get back to old fashioned value for money' - is not true and in fact shoppers interest in ethical products has gone up despite the credit crunch". Read the Consumer Guide -click here.

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