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Morgan supports Ballymun workers at Plaza Hotel

1 May, 2008

Sinn Féin TD and Spokesperson on Workers' Rights Arthur Morgan will join a rally in Ballymun at 5pm to support fired workers at the Plaza Hotel. The 65 workers were let go recently after the hotel's owners fell out with the management company running it. Morgan said the workers must be rehired by any new management company that takes over at the hotel.

He said:

"This hotel and these jobs were part of the Ballymun Regeneration Project. Workers should not now be suffering because of a dispute between the owners and management. I am calling on the owners, Bennett Construction, to secure in the new lease a clause under the Transfer of Undertakings regulations which will see these workers re-employed at the hotel under new management.

"Today is May Day, a day when workers around the world mark the continued struggle for workers' rights. It's appropriate, today of all days, that the Government takes steps to force employers to realise their responsibilities and obey the laws of the land when it comes to protecting workers' jobs.

"On a separate note, I am calling on the Government to launch an investigation into the situation that has arisen in Ballymun and to set new guidelines for companies involved in regeneration projects. This project ran overtime and over budget in Ballymun and now one of the companies awarded a slice of what ended up a very lucrative pie, appears to be acting dishonourably to local workers.

"Any company involved in a regeneration project should be made aware at the start what new developments and jobs mean to the area, and not be allowed to later evict employees from their jobs because of disputes at corporate level." ENDS

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