Fórsa’s probation branch will be running a clothing drive to mark International Women’s Day today (Friday 8th March). The event is supporting Dress for Success Dublin, an organisation that helps women to access employment.
The branch is collecting suits, shirts, unworn tights, shoes, handbags and jewellery. Donations are welcome to Fiona Daly on the fourth floor and Linda or Mary on the first floor at 9 Haymarket, Smithfield, Dublin 7.
Dress for Success campaigned alongside Fórsa and other organisations for the introduction of gender pay gap reporting legislation in Ireland. If enacted, the law would oblige companies above a certain size to publish details of their gender pay gap. The Bill is currently before the Dáil, having passed through the Seanad last October.
The gender pay gap in Ireland today is approximately 14% #BalanceforBetter.
The gender pay gap in Ireland today is approximately 14% which is significant to the theme for this International Women’s Day – #BalanceforBetter.
Fórsa president Ann McGee will speak today on a panel at the Irish Congress of Trade Union’s (ICTU) Women’s Committee seminar. The panel, to be chaired by ICTU president Sheila Nunan, will discuss the challenges and opportunities that women in leadership positions face in the trade union movement. Contributors include leading women from various unions across Ireland and the UK.
The ICTU event got underway yesterday and continues today in Newcastle, County Down. You can follow proceedings on Fórsa’s Twitter timeline.
At the international level, the European Federation of Public Services Unions (EPSU), of which Fórsa is an affiliate, is sending a delegation to the 63rd UN Commission on the Status of Women. This global event coincides with International Women’s Day, and will examine the theme of “social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.”