President Higgins on the future of work and the rights of workers

Published: Thu 22nd Apr, 2021 | 13:09

President Michael D Higgins has described the battle for decent work and social justice as one of the defining struggles of our times.

In his speeches, President Higgins has highlighted how the economic paradigm of the last four decades, which has prioritised deregulation and advocated a shrinking role for the State, has led to an undervaluing of workers and workers' rights, in addition to creating pressing global problems such as inequality, environmental destruction and global warming. 

The President has also highlighted how the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted on workers, and he has called for the contribution of essential workers during the pandemic to be valued.


Some of the key events, and most important speeches on these topics, are listed below: