Congress Agrees with Department of Finance’s Review of 9% Tax Subsidy to Hotels and Restaurants

31 July 2018

Following on from the publication of the Department of Finance’s ‘Review of the 9% Vat Rate’ today, the Irish Congress of Trade Unions calls upon the Minister of Finance to heed the conclusions reached by the Review and to act accordingly in reversing the 2011 tax cut for hotels and restaurants and to apply the fairer rate of 13.5% on these highly profitable businesses.
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Congress calls for action on gender barriers for women in Irish companies

30 July 2018

Today, the Taoiseach, Minister for Justice, and the Minister for Equality announced a new Review Group composed of senior business figures and government officials to make recommendations on how to increase the percentage of women on corporate boards and in senior management in leading Irish companies.
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National Minimum Wage continues to chase the Living Wage as the economy roars - Congress

19 July 2018

Today, the Low Pay Commission recommended to the Government that the hourly rate of the National Minimum Wage be increased by 0.25c, from €9.55 to €9.80 per hour. Workers on a 39-hours contract would see their gross wage increase by €9.75 a week under this proposal.
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Congress urges support for The Control of Economic Activity (Occupied Territories) Bill 2017

10 July 2018

The Irish Congress of Trade Unions today urged Senators to support the Control of Economic Activity (Occupied Territories) Bill 2017 proposed by Senator Frances Black andC the Seanad Civil Engagement Group with the support of Congress and other Civil Society groups.
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Coca-Cola is becoming a serial human rights offender – in Haiti, Indonesia, Ireland, the Philippines and the United States

13 June 2018

Human rights abuses are accumulating at The Coca-Cola Company. That makes Coke a serial offender when it comes to failing to respect the human rights of workers and acting to remedy abuses. The right of all workers to form, join and be represented by a union for collective bargaining is an internationally recognized fundamental human right.
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Congress backs settlement goods bill and endorses call for expulsion of Israeli Ambassador

24 May 2018

At a meeting on Wednesday, 23rd May, of the Congress Global Solidarity Committee, which was attended by General Secretary, Patricia King and Senator Frances Black - the ongoing situation in Palestine was discussed as well as Congress support for Senator Black’s Occupied Territories Bill, which would ban the sale in Ireland of goods produced in the illegal settlements established by Israel on the land confiscated from Palestinians, over the course of their decades long year occupation of the Palestinian territories in the West Bank.
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Congress reiterates support for repealing the 8th Amendment

22 May 2018

The Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) has today (Tuesday, 22nd May) reiterated its support for the repeal of the 8th Amendment.
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SIPTU supports the repeal of the eighth amendment.

01 May 2018

The unions’ decision to become involved in the campaign for repeal was arrived at through an informed and respectful debate at our Biennial Delegate Conference. Delegates debated the issues involved and voted overwhelmingly in favour of a referendum to repeal the eighth. On foot of this vote, SIPTU’s National Executive Council has been directing a campaign to give expression to the conference decision.
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We Need Political Support in a Practical Way’ Palestinian Ambassador tells Congress

24 April 2018

The Palestinian Ambassador to Ireland has called for official recognition for the state of Palestine “as soon as possible” in order to bring clarity to the border issue and to ensure Israel “treats us as equals.”
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Congress Calls on Irish Govt. to Support Greater Equality and Back Adoption of EU Work-Life Balance Directive

08 March 2018

Govt should mark International Women's Day with support for greater family leave and flexible working
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Congress construction unions call for ‘all-party support’ for Bogus Self Employment Bill, ahead of debate in Seanad

27 February 2018

The Construction Industry Committee (CIC) of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions has called for ‘all-party support’ for a Labour Party bill to tackle Bogus Self Employment that is due to be debated in the Seanad tomorrow (Wednesday, February 28).
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Changes needed to precarious work Bill

20 February 2018

Proposed legalisation on precarious work cannot deal with the problem and must be changed in five key areas if it is to benefit the hundreds of thousands of people enduring unacceptable working conditions.
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NBRU/SIPTU Both parties in Irish Rail Training Dispute have, after 18 hours of discussions at WRC, agreed to refer the disputed procedural issue to the Labour Court.

13 February 2018

Dermot O Leary/Greg Ennis said: "Despite the best efforts of both Trade Unions and our representatives to persuade the Company that the longstanding agenda of a reduction in the Working Week should have parity of esteem with that of the Training/Mentoring issue, as a way of progressing the issues in dispute, the WRC has this evening agreed to refer the alleged Company breach of procedure, (it's intention to force changes to Train Drivers Terms and conditions) to the Labour Court for adjudication.
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Congress Construction Unions says 'Workers Must Not Bear Brunt of Carillion Collapse'

24 January 2018

All workers affected by collapse advised to make immediate contact with their union
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