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Doolan to speak at protest against the sale of sweat shop products

5 March, 2008


Sinn Fein Councillor Daithí Doolan will be speaking in Dublin tomorrow (Thursday 6th March) on the issue of products which have been produced in sweatshop conditions being sold by companies in Ireland. The protest is part of a nationwide campaign which will see meetings and pickets in Dublin, Galway and Belfast. The Dublin protest will be held outside Marks & Spencer's, Grafton Street, at 11.00 am, tomorrow, Thursday March 6th.

Cllr. Doolan says "Marks and Spencer's is selling items that are produced in the developing world using underpaid labour who are often working in deplorable conditions. This practise is unacceptable and must be opposed by the Irish public. Using cheap labour, often child labour, is an abuse of human rights."

Cllr. Doolan also condemned Marks and Spencer's for their practice of re-tagging these items in an effort to disguise their true origin. Tomorrow's protest has been organised by the Unite trade union of which Councillor Doolan is a member.

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