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Global Solidarity at Congress' BDC in Tralee

Issued on July 31, 2009 at 12:42 PM

ICTU BDC Drums - The drummers in front of the podium.
The drummers in front of the podium.

Motions, fringe events and drums.

Global Solidarity issues played an important role at Congress' Biennial Delegate Conference (BDC) in Tralee 7 - 10 July. Six motions had been tabled on various Global Solidarity issues and they were all adopted. ICTU's Global Solidarity Committee will continue to develop its concrete work for international trade union solidarity. The BDC also decided to recommend the Irish Aid supported training course "Global Solidarity Champions" as a useful vehicle for the unions to build their capacity in developing their international solidarity work.

Some of the adopted motions pertained to specific countries, including;

- Strengthen the solidarity work with the Colombian trade union movement and to work to stop EU's trade agreements, until the Colombian government fully respects human rights and core labour standards.

- To continue campaigning for a comprehensive boycott of Israeli goods and services, for an end to Israel's illegal occupation of Palestinian territory.

- To develop solidarity work for the Tamil people's democratic and national rights in Sri Lanka.


There was also a Global Solidarity fringe event during the BDC where almost 200 delegates heard in detail about the situation in Colombia and how they could take action in solidarity with their Brothers and Sisters in Colombia.

Trade Union Friends of Palestine also organised a meeting on the situation in Palestine, where Dr. Samia Al-Botmeh spoke about the issue of boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel.

ICTU BDC TrocaireDavid Joyce, ICTU and Alice Mary Higgins, Trocaire.Outside the plenary hall many organizations had their own stands, where they could meet the delegates and distribute information. Irish Aid, Fairtrade, Trocaire and many others used this opportunity to meet Irish trade unionists.

Irish Aid also hosted a free African drumming workshop at the conference which attracted a lot of delegates. Some of the drummers also performed in the final plenary session which was also addressed by Austin Gormley from Irish Aid.