World Day for Decent Work

07 October 2020

On World Day of Decent Work - ITUC Global Poll 2020 shows urgent need to repair the Social Contract
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Congress withdraws from Low Pay Commission

23 September 2020

The Irish Congress of Trade Unions has announced its decision to from the Low Pay Commission which was appointed by the Government to monitor the National Minimum Wage (NMW). The current rate of the NMW is €10.10 per hour.
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ICTU calls for mandatory sick pay for all workers

20 September 2020

Speaking ahead of the publication of the union’s quick guide to sick pay, ICTU general secretary Patricia King said: “It took a pandemic to expose the big failings in how we protect workers against loss of income, the lack of a legal entitlement to sick pay from an employer being one of the most glaring examples.”
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Congress demands “action not sympathy” for Debenhams workers

16 September 2020

THE Executive Council of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions has reiterated its full support for the official strike action by Debenhams workers, members of Mandate trade union. Congress is demanding Government intervention to break the deadlock in the dispute.
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Congress construction unions vote to protect pay rates in the sector

15 September 2020

The members of the unions making up Congress Construction Industry Committee (BATU, Connect, OPATSI, SIPTU and UNITE) have today overwhelmingly voted for industrial action in the event that employers fail to pay a 2.7% increase due on the 1st October, 2020.
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Patricia King praises workers who put themselves at risk serving their communities

21 April 2020

The Congress executive expressed its enormous gratitude to the thousands of workers in all sectors of the economy – private, public, community and voluntary – who continue to provide essential services on the island of Ireland, often at considerable personal risk to themselves.
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Removing Wage Subsidy Anomalies for Low and Middle-Income Workers

15 April 2020

Today, Government announced that it is taking steps to address anomalies in the Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme which leaves low and middle-income workers at a financial disadvantage to jobseekers in receipt of the Pandemic Unemployment Payment.
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ICTU Calls for further measures to prevent sudden COVID-19 job losses from becoming permanent job losses

02 April 2020

Responding to today’s CSO Live Register release, which showed an increase in the seasonally-adjusted Live Register, from 182,800 in February to 207,200 in March and the fact that a further 283,000 were in receipt of the new Pandemic Unemployment Payment and 25,100 of the Temporary COVID-19 wage subsidy scheme, Patricia King, General-Secretary of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, said the increases were ‘clear indications of the appalling economic devastation caused by COVID-19’.
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ITF Seafarers’ Trust pledges £1 million to support seafarers and maintain welfare services hit by Covid-19

31 March 2020

The ITF Seafarers’ Trust (ITFST) is today launching an emergency fund to address the impact of the global pandemic on seafarers and their families. The fund also aims to provide a lifeline for welfare services at risk due to the financial impact the virus has had on business and fundraising and activities.
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Early Years Alliance calls on government to reverse decision to cut funding to services

30 January 2020

The Early Years Alliance has called on the Government to reverse the decision to cut funding to Early Years Services which are closing to allow providers and staff to attend the childcare protest in Dublin next Wednesday (5th February) but opening on an alternative date.
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Congress writes to Minister Coveney re US Sanctions on Venezuela

22 August 2019

The Irish Congress of Trade Unions (Congress) has written to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney TD, seeking urgent Irish Government and EU action in response to the recent escalation of sanctions by the US against the government and people of Venezuela. The Trump administration has recently introduced a range of unilateral measures which will inflict further massive damage on the already struggling economy and people of Venezuela.
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Congress welcomes adoption of new ILO Convention and Recommendation on Violence and Harassment in the World of Work

21 June 2019

Today the historic centenary conference of the ILO adopted a new ILO Convention and Recommendation on Violence and Harassment in the World of Work.
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Building a “Just Transition” Conference - the future of Bord na Móna employees

30 April 2019

A major conference organised by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions has recommended that work begin immediately to establish a “Just Transition” Forum for the Midlands to identify key measures and supports that will be required by Bord na Móna staff and communities. Thousands of workers are currently involved in peat extraction and the company is currently seeking voluntary redundancies as restructuring takes place.
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ICTU Statement on Bogus Self-Employment Submission to the Joint Oireachtas Committee

31 January 2019

The practice of mis-classifying workers as self employed has been a problem in Ireland for a number of years. When a worker is mis-classified there are very negative consequences for him or her, and a significant financial loss to the State. However, there are very significant benefits to the person who in normal circumstances would be his or her employer. This incentive has led a number of employers in a number of sectors of the economy seeking to mis-classify workers.
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Major Civil Society Groups to Stage National Housing Rally on May 18

25 April 2019

Trade unions, student unions, women’s groups, community organisations, political parties and housing agencies are to stage a major national rally on the housing crisis under the banner of Raise the Roof, in Dublin on Saturday May 18.
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Major Trade Union & Civil Society Coalition Calls for Radical Transformation of Housing System, with Delivery of 100,000 New Homes, Public Lands Reserved Solely for Public Housing

11 June 2020

Any new programme for government must commit to a radical transformation of the housing system that would see up to 100,000 new public homes delivered and a halt to the sale or disposal of public land for private housing developments.
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