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Reid Employees tell of children working nightshifts at plant

26 November, 2007


North Antrim Sinn Féin MLA Daithí McKay has said that employees who have lost their jobs at Reid Transport have raised serious concerns around practices that were taking place within the company. Mr McKay was part of a delegation which alerted the Employment Minister Reg Empey of these concerns at a meeting on Friday.

Speaking at Question Time in the Assembly today Mr McKay said:

"Can the Minister tell us what his department has done to secure redundancies for workers at Reid Transport?

"Further to that can he also comment on the reports that I have heard on the picket line the past four nights, including reports that many employees were working more than 70 hours a week; and reports that children as young as 14 were working nightshifts at the plant.

"Does he believe that these workers and their families should be given immunity and be encouraged to come forward to make statements?"

Speaking after the debate Mr McKay said:

"Over the weekend Ian Paisley Junior told the press that the employers would be processing the workers' wages today and that they would receive whatever redundancies they are owed.

"That commitment has not been fulfilled and none of the workers have heard anything from the employers today so we are no closer to resolving this matter. I would reiterate our call for the employer to outline in writing to the employees what steps he will take to ensure that these workers are paid what they are owed." ENDS

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