GSG 19-24 European Elections 2024 – Ask the Candidates



Local and European elections will be held on the 7th June and meetings are being held for members to meet with European election candidates on issues of importance to trade unionists and to working people.

CWU members are welcome to attend the upcoming meetings, organised by SIPTU, at the dates and locations listed below. The events are free but ticketed so branches and members are encouraged to book them soon.

As noted in our GS Circular of 4th April, the CWU, together with SIPTU, Mandate and the FSU, is spearheading the Respect at Work campaign to pressure the Irish Government to do the right thing by protecting and promoting workers’ rights at work.

The Respect at Work campaign is a worker-led campaign that is timed to coincide with the introduction of a new EU Directive on Adequate Minimum Wages which the Government is due to enact by November.

The campaign is demanding legal protections that would ensure that employee representatives and union Shop Stewards have the protections they need while organising and representing the interests of their colleagues. Workers in Ireland cannot collectively bargain in companies where they cannot organise a trade union.

Branches and members can get behind this initiative by asking their European candidates where they stand on these issues. You can get more details on the campaign and its objectives, and sign up to support the campaign at

Please see below for details of meetings for upcoming “Ask the Candidates Event – European Parliament Elections 2024”:

Date: Monday, 27th May
Time: 6.00pm – 7.30pm
Location: SIPTU, Connolly Hall, Lapps Quay, Cork
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Date: Tuesday, 28th May
Time: 6.00pm – 7.30pm
Location: The Clayton Hotel, Monivea Road, Ballybrit, Galway H91 D526
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Date: Wednesday, 29th May
Time: 6.00pm – 7.30pm
Location: Teachers Club, 36 Parnell Square W, Rotunda, Dublin, D01 T6V6
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This is a ticket only event as spaces are limited. Tickets will be issued to those that register on a first come, first served basis.

These hustings are a unique opportunity for union members to express their views directly to candidates and to challenge whether they will represent our interests in Europe and branches are encouraged to organise a delegation to attend on their behalf.


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