Congress Charter for Fair Conditions at Work


This charter was set up by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, with the aim to set about creating fair and decent working conditions for everyone in the country. The goal is to help make Ireland the best place in which to work, live and raise a family.
A strong economy cannot exist without a fair society.


Congress is working tirelessly to ensure that every Business, Politician and Community Organisation is aware of the Charter and its aims, as well as campaigning for their support of the matter.


So what is the Charter?

The Charter can be broken down into 5 basic principles:


A Living Wage:

A living wage affords an individual sufficient income to achieve an agreed, acceptable minimum standard of living, taking account of the need for food, clothing, heating, accommodation, transport and other essential costs. Currently, it is estimated that in order to earn a living income from full-time work -taking account of taxes and welfare - it would be necessary for a single adult to earn at least €11.50 per hour. 


Fair Hours at Work:

Every worker has the right to a regular contract of employment which provides security of hours and certainty of income. There must be an end to low and zero hour contracts and precarious work practices.


Right to Representation & Collective Bargaining:

Every worker has the right to be represented without fear of victimisation and to have a union represent them in collective bargaining negotiations with their employer. This right is recognised by the United Nations as a fundamental human right. The European Convention on Human Rights also recognises the right of workers to be represented and to engage in collective bargaining. Ireland has no legal framework which supports workers seeking to assert these rights.


Respect, Equality & Ethics at Work:

Every worker is entitled to be treated with respect and dignity, as they go about their work. No one at work should be subjected to discrimination, harassment, bullying or any other form of abusive behaviour. To ensure this right is vindicated, a national Charter of Workplace Ethics must be developed and put in place.
Fair Public Procurement:
Every worker employed under a publicly-tendered contract is entitled to enjoy all the rights and protections outlined in this Charter.


For more information on this you can visit the Charter’s website at this link:


You can also have a look and see which TDs from your constituency have or have not given their support to the motion.



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