NIC-ICTU extends International Women's Day greetings to all women workers and calls for gender equality to be at the heart of NI political negotiations

7 Mar 2017

NIC Womens Committee


On 8th March, International Women’s Day, the Irish Congress of Trade Unions extends IWD greetings to all women workers and calls for gender equality to be at the heart of the upcoming political negotiations in Northern Ireland.

Speaking to a group of senior women trade unionists on 8th March, ICTU Equality Officer Clare Moore said,

“On International Women’s Day women throughout the world will be gathering to celebrate the strength, power and diversity of women in all spheres of life. In Northern Ireland, women trade unionists will be participating in events to celebrate how far women have come in the struggle for full equality but also to highlight what remains to be done.’

“Trade Unions, along with the women’s movement, have consistently highlighted how the UK Government’s austerity agenda, cuts to public spending and attacks on the social security system are having a disproportionate effect on women. Cuts to tax credits for the low paid, the creation of a leaner and meaner welfare regime and the deliberate shrinking of vital services have meant an unjust burden placed on the shoulders of working women.

“Women still bring home less in their weekly pay packet on average than men and are still more likely to be the main carers for children and elderly or disabled relatives’ she continued. ‘Women continue to face discrimination in employment on the grounds of their gender or simply because they are pregnant or on maternity leave. In wider society, women in Northern Ireland are denied basic reproductive rights and continue to be underrepresented in political and public life.

“As negotiations get underway to form a Northern Ireland Executive, NIC-ICTU urges Political Parties to prioritise women’s equality and ensure that issues such as the delivery of a comprehensive and affordable system of childcare, progressive abortion legislation, marriage equality and measures to ensure that women are fully represented in all spheres of public and political life are central to negotiations.”