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23 Okt 2020

Irish Congress of Trade Unions

Irish Congress of Trade Unions urges government and the EU to engage constructively in upcoming treaty negotiations

"Congress urges Government to support moves towards a binding treaty on business and human rights", 23 October 2020.

The Inter-Governmental Working Group (IGWG) established to develop a binding international treaty on businesses and human rights will meet in its sixth session from 26-30 October 2020.  We believe that the second revised draft of the proposed Binding Treaty published by the Chairpersonship of the IWGB earlier this year presents States with a legally sound and politically viable text. This is a critical moment for Ireland (and the EU) to engage constructively in the upcoming negotiations. In this regard, we call on you to urge the European Union to adopt a negotiation mandate in order for the bloc to fully engage in the Binding Treaty process.

Our letter to Minister for Foreign Affairs here and the international trade union position paper for the negotiations here.