UN Day for the Eradication of Poverty - video

17 Oct 2020

ICTU Global Solidarity Statement: UN Day for the Eradication of Poverty

Congress Global Solidarity calls for urgent action for the eradication of poverty

The global health crisis has exposed deep-seated inequalities in our society. The most vulnerable people are being hit the hardest, both in Ireland and abroad. As the Government faces the challenges posed by the pandemic, our recovery must be a just one as we cannot go back to the way things were before and that creates a sustainable future for all.

Congress believes that we need a just recovery that results in fair and equal societies, flourishing within the limits of our one planet and one that builds long term prosperity and resilience.

Congress Global Solidarity Committee Chairperson, Yvonne O’Callaghan said “On this year’s International Day for the Eradication of Poverty we are calling for a Just Recovery that invests in those who have been left behind. Everyone should be guaranteed an adequate income to participate fully in society, whether they are in work or not. We need an end to poverty- including child poverty, an end to homelessness, and to prioritise decent work built on upholding the rights of workers.”

“Climate Change poses other challenges to achieving equality and the eradication of poverty. A Just Recovery means focusing on climate justice, It means eliminating climate-changing pollution in a way that tackles inequality and reduces poverty.

“Faster and fairer climate action can and should create thousands of new, well-paid, secure, unionised jobs across the country and support an economy that operates within ecological limits. It must include a Just Transition for the workers and communities most impacted by the move to a zero-pollution future and must be fully equality and poverty proofed.”

On this International Day of Action, together with trade unions across the world iwe are joining the global rally to fight inequality. The Global Rally will bring together grassroots activists from across the world to take action in highlighting how inequality must be ended through radical actions that will serve the people