Union campaigns archive
New legislation to protect workplace whistleblowers – people who reveal fraudulent or other unlawful behaviour – has been strengthened with measures to prevent employers sacking staff who blow the whistle.
International concern is growing over the appalling working conditions of workers building infrastructure for the 2022 soccer World Cup in Qatar, with the International Trade Union Confederation (ICTU) calling for a re-run of the FIFA vote on the competition’s location.
IMPACT has said it wants stronger protections for whistleblowers than the measures set out in the Protected Disclosures Bill, which was published in early July. The union will be part of an Irish Congress of Trade Unions delegation to meet departmental officials on the issue later this month.
The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) has called for massive investment – of between €140 billion and €280 billion – in a European jobs and recovery programme. Speaking in Dublin yesterday (Wednesday) ETUC general secretary Bernadette Ségol said austerity policies had failed and investment of between 1-2% of EU-wide GDP was needed to create jobs and relaunch the European economy.
IMPACT will have a delegation at the Dublin Pride parade in June. It’s the first time that the union has take part in the parade. Allayne Cassidy, an IMPACT rep with Dublin City branch and LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) rights activist, explained: “We’re inviting all union members and their families who wish to support and celebrate diversity with the LGBT community to join us behind the IMPACT banner at Pride on June 29th.”
The Right2Water campaign, which has gathered over a million signatures throughout the EU, had another major breakthrough last weekend as French minister for housing and land management, Cécile Duflot, pledged her support and signed the petition. It’s the first time that an acting minister has supported and signed up to the campaign.
The latest Quarterly Economic Observer from the trade union-supported Nevin Economic Research Institute (NERI) predicts a continuation of low growth and high unemployment over the next three years. It warns that the 3% Troika deficit target is unlikely to be achieved by 2015.
Policies for jobs, economic growth and renewed confidence in Ireland are the cornerstones of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions’ (ICTU) pre-budget submission to Government. ICTU says Government economic policy is failing, with Ireland now in its fifth year of recession, and it calls for a completely new direction. Read more HERE
IMPACT’s central executive committee has recommended a YES vote in the ‘children’s rights’ referendum on Saturday 10th November. The recommendation was sought by the two IMPACT divisions that represent staff working with children – education and health & welfare – who said the proposed new article 42A was “a positive step in protecting the rights of children.” The move was unanimously backed by executive members from across the union. Read the arguments for a ‘yes’ vote HERE.
IMPACT’s Developing World Fund is to sponsor five two-week placements with Nurture Africa, an Irish charity providing health care and education for orphans and children affected by HIV-AIDS in Uganda. We will meet the sponsorship cost of €1,500 – cash which will go direct to provide services to vulnerable children and their communities. All you have to do is give your skills for two weeks next April and meet the cost of flights and vaccinations. There are ‘general skills’ placements, for which no formal qualifications are required, as well as specialist placements for physiotherapists, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, social workers, nutritionists, and those with a background in community and social care, health, children’s services, or HIV. IMPACT members only. Get more information HERE.
Help Palestinian child prisoners
Mohammed Sameh Hashash was recently released after seven years in an Israeli jail after being arrested on trumped-up charges when he was 15 and setting out on a dream trip to Ireland. Read his story, and find out how you can help other Palestinian child prisoners, HERE.
Campaign: Prostitution in Ireland
The Irish prostitution business is worth over €180 million a year, most of which goes straight to crime lords, pimps and human traffickers. Meanwhile the 1,000-plus women and children involved in prostitution face daily violence and huge mental and physical health risks. Find out why IMPACT is supporting the campaign to make buying sex illegal HERE.