Stand Up to Apartheid

Time for the Irish Government to Stand Up to Apartheid

March 2023

INTO Head Office and Northern Office are officially Apartheid Free Zones (AFZ) following the approval of the Central Executive Committee. This follows the 2022 Congress Motion in support of the Boycott, Divestments and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which also encouraged INTO branches to become AFZs.

Trade Union Friends of Palestine

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Trade Union Friends of Palestine Padlet

2023 Read here from Fatin Al Tamimi, director of the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) which is a member of the Irish anti-apartheid movement. Fatin explains how a new anti-apartheid campaign backed by our trade union movement, is aiming to improve the rights of Palestinians by holding Israel to account for its international law violations and human rights abuses.

2023 Trade Union Friends of Palestine launches pilot project with Palestinian schools. Read more here.

2023 Unions condemn attacks on Palestinian children’s rights.


Qatar Agrees To Key Campaign Demands!


Pictured: Former Into President (2015/2016) – Emma Dineen, John O’Brien – Into Senior Official And Sheila Nunan – Former Into General Secretary

The INTO supports the Play Fair Qatar campaign to ensure that the human rights of migrant workers in Qatar for the preparation of the 2022 World Cup are not abused. To date, almost 1,400 World Cup workers have died in Qatar and many more have been injured and are paid as little as 62 cent an hour while some employers withhold wages. The Play Fair Qatar Campaign is making the case to corporate sponsors that
corporate social responsibility should apply not just to supply chains, but also to events they are paying for.

After years of campaigning, in which Irish trade union supporters of Playfair Ireland, including INTO, played their part, Qatar appears to have done the right thing. In a potentially ground-breaking deal, From Nov. 2017 the Government of Qatar has agreed wide-ranging reforms of its reviled kafala system – indeed, almost four years after they promised its abolition, it seems kafala’s time is finally over.

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