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Plight of Polish Moneypoint workers shows problems associated with sub contracting

25 October, 2007

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Workers Rights Arthur Morgan TD has said that the plight of Polish workers the ESB plant in Moneypoint demonstrated the problems associated with sub contracting. Morgan welcomed the fact that there were indications that progress was being made at the Labour Relations Commission.

Speaking today Deputy Morgan said, "The polish workers being laid off at Moneypoint deserve justice. There is now a less than a 24 hour window to address this issue before industrial action is initiated. These workers must be paid the money which they are due.

"I welcome the fact that there are indications some progress has been made at the Labour Relations Commission but there is a way to go yet. The ESB as the primary contractor must meet its obligations to these workers who had not been paid since the beginning of September and who face the prospect of losing their jobs.

"Public companies such as the ESB should avoid the use of multiple subcontracting. In the past Sinn Féin has pointed out that subcontracting, and multiple subcontracting as is the case here where the ESB contracted Lurgi Lentjens which in turn subcontracted to ZRE Katowicz, increases the difficulty in monitoring employment conditions. We have pointed out that subcontracting is a common factor in many of the cases of worker exploitation which have recently come to public attention.

"The workers in this case are in a better position to fight their corner and get their rights because they are members of the TEEU - this is further evidence of why it is so important for migrant workers to join unions." ENDS

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