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How many more workers have to die before corporate manslaughter legislation is introduced? – Morgan

30 April, 2008

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Workers' Rights Arthur Morgan TD today demanded that the Government introduce legislation on corporate manslaughter before any more workers die. Morgan made his call following the second death of a worker this week, this time at a construction site in Galway.

Morgan said, "On Tuesday, International Workers' Memorial Day, a worker died in an explosion at a chemical factory in Cork. Today another worker has died, this time in Galway.

"How many more workers have to die before the Government will introduce legislation on corporate manslaughter? Currently employers can get away with nothing more than a fine when an act of gross negligence results in a worker's death. Legislation, with sufficient clauses, must be introduced to act as a deterrent to employers who are playing fast and loose with workers' health and safety.

"I have called for this move in tragic circumstances once already this week. To do so twice in a week without any reply from the Government is shocking. They need to wake up and stop protecting their friends in big business by delaying this and other necessary workers' rights legislation." ENDS

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