Statement by President Michael D. Higgins May Day 2021

30 April 2021

The President speaks of how May Day has traditionally been a day to celebrate the progress made – through the efforts of workers and trade union activists – on securing important worker rights, including the fundamental rights laid down in the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, but also rights relating to health and safety, fair wages, paid vacations, parental leave, and pension plans.
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No public contract without collective agreement

28 April 2021

Let’s use public money to ensure that work is empowering, not exploitative. A UniEuropa Campaign
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The Future of Banking

11 March 2021

Congress supports the call by the Financial Services Union (FSU) for the establishment of a forum by governments in the Republic and Northern Ireland to discuss the future of banking and financial sectors on the island.
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New approach to meat processing and meat processing workers needed to ensure a sustainable future for sector

04 March 2021

The Government and meat processors need to adopt a new approach to meat processing and to meat processing workers in particular if the sector is to have a sustainable future in Ireland.
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Congress condemns violence at Dublin protest

01 March 2021

The ICTU is gravely concerned at the outbreak of violence and disregard for public health guidelines in Dublin at the weekend. Speaking today Patricia King General Secretary said, “the violent scenes at Saturday's protest are unacceptable. Gardai should be able to go about their work in policing society and keeping people safe without threats of violence, particularly during this Covid-19 pandemic. They are frontline public servants and like all workers, they have a right to have their health and safety protected.
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Raise the Roof campaign calls for full support for new measures to assist student renters

25 February 2021

The Raise the Roof housing campaign today (February 25) backed calls from the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) for all party support for proposed new legislation to provide greater protection for student renters, for the duration of the Covid 19 public heath emergency.
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Stronger Workers' Rights Vital to the Success of Remote Working

15 January 2021

Responding to the launch of the National Strategy on Remote Woking, Irish Congress of Trade Unions General Secretary Patricia King said: “It took a pandemic to fully awaken us to the potential for remote working. While the experience has been fraught for some workers, for the vast majority it has been a positive experience and there is now a huge appetite to continue to work remotely after the Covid-19 restrictions end.
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