Campaign Update - Summer 2018

Now that the summer season is over the Better Work better Lives campaign has resumed its activity.

12 meetings with MLA’s from across the political spectrum have been arranged over the next few weeks to seek their support for our urgent call for a forum for Social Dialogue for Northern Ireland.

We are also currently organising a number of initiatives for the remainder of this year.


In June 2018, nearly 200 delegates gathered in Fermanagh for the Biennial ICTU Women’s Conference.  The Conference adopted the theme of Better Work Better Lives and over two days delegates debated motions on topics including decent work, low pay and investment in vital services such as childcare and health and social care.




Addressing the Conference, ICTU Assistant General Secretary Owen Reidy told delegates that


“Northern Ireland urgently needs the restoration of devolution. But with any return of power sharing it must also be vertical as well as horizontal. We now need a forum for Social Dialogue whereby the trade union movement with others can seek to address challenges such as low pay and insecure work and the barriers to better female participation in the labour market.”




In closing the Conference, Women’s Committee Chair and ICTU Executive Council member Jacquie White urged delegates to get involved in the Better Work Better Lives campaign through their union and trade’s council.







The NIC-ICTU Health Committee organised a major Manifestation’ on Saturday 30 June to celebrate and take ownership of the 70th Birthday of the NHS, with all ten affiliated unions with members working in the NHS taking part, with wide support from the entire community.                                                                                                                            




A March and rally at Belfast City Hall saw over 5,000 participants enjoying music and marching to the message that the NHS was a great public resource for all the people and deserved real investment for the public who use it and decent wages for the people who make it happen in our largest employer.

Northern Ireland Committee
Irish Congress of Trades Unions
45-47 Donegall Street
Belfast BT1 2FG, Northern Ireland
Tel: 028 9024 7940
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