Delegates from unions across the island of Ireland have backed a Fórsa call for better cooperation in communications, research and union organising in emerging growth sectors of the economy.
The proposal, adopted at the ICTU conference earlier this week aims to deliver “a brighter future of work centered on quality jobs and quality of life,” including through reduced working time and more flexibility around work location.
The Fórsa conference motion also calls for a feasibility study on the development of a new trade union-funded digital-first media platform, along with other joint union initiatives.
Moving the motion on ‘building a stronger trade union movement in Ireland,’ Fórsa official Katie Morgan, acknowledged that trade union density – the proportion of the workforce in union membership – has not kept up with employment growth. She called for a public communications campaign to highlight the importance of collective bargaining.
“The motion seeks a strategy to position Congress as the leading voice for a brighter future of work, advocating for a better way of working and a better life for workers,” she said.
The motion said that the union response to the Covid-19 pandemic has been a triumph for collectivism. “Trade union values of solidarity, fairness, compassion and equality have ever been more relevant, and our vision for the futures should be inspired by a similar collective spirit,” it said.
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