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Wake up to the Attack on Workers

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The Equality Mainstreaming Unit of the Equality Authority provides practical support to assist small and medium enterprises, business networks, trade unions, and providers of employment services.

A 2008 study of top Irish companies confirmed a strong link between bottom-line business performance and the use of systems which promote equality and diversity.

However, thanks to the budget actions, the Equality Authority cannot provide matching funding to draw down existing EU funding for this initiative. A maximum of less than €600,000 is required to unlock a further €800,000 funding per annum over a seven year period. This essential economic programme will have to be shelved.

On behalf of everyone working hard for Ireland’s economy, we are asking politicians to wake up to the attack on equality and human rights in Budget 2009.

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Equality & Rights Alliance (ERA)

68 organisations representing over 2 million people

Access Ireland

Age Action

Age and Opportunity


Amnesty International Irish section




Carers Association

Changing Ireland

Children’s Rights Alliance

Choice Ireland


Community Platform

Community Workers Co-operative

Doras Bui

Dublin Rape Crisis Centre

European Anti-Poverty Network Ireland

Family Resource Centres National Forum


Galway Refugee Support Group


Greater Dublin Independent Living

Human Rights Centre, NUIG

Immigrant Council of Ireland

Inclusion Ireland


Integrating Ireland

Irish Association of Advocates

Irish Congress of Trade Unions

Irish Council for Civil Liberties

Irish Family Planning Association

Irish Nurses Organisation

Irish Penal Reform Trust

Irish Refugee Council

Irish Rural Link

Irish Traveller Movement

Jesuit Centre for Faith & Justice

Kerry Deaf Resource Centre

Kilbarrack CDP

Labour LGBT

LIR Anti Racism Training and Education Programme


Methodist Women of Ireland

Migrant Rights Centre Ireland

Nasc, the Irish Immigrant Support Centre

National Lesbian & Gay Federation

National Collective of Community Women’s Networks

National Traveller Women’s Forum

National Women’s Council of Ireland

National Youth Council of Ireland

Northside Community Law Centre

Older Women’s Network

One Family


Pavee Point

People Before Profit Alliance

Safe and Legal (in Ireland) Abortion Rights Campaign



Transgender Equality Network Ireland

The Wheel



UCD School of Social Justice

Union of Students in Ireland

Women’s Aid

Women Together Network