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Morgan highlights exploitation of migrant workers in the Dáil

16 December, 2008


Sinn Féin Workers' Rights Spokesperson Arthur Morgan TD has called on the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, An Tánaiste Mary Coughlan, to end the delay in passing the Employment Law Compliance Bill. Speaking in the Dáil today Deputy Morgan said a new report highlights major infringements of the rights of migrant workers.

He said, "A new report has uncovered that over half of migrant workers earn below the minimum wage, that 44% of migrant workers are getting no breaks; that 85% of migrant workers did not receive a contract or terms of employment;

"There is ongoing exploitation of migrant workers in Ireland's Restaurant Sector.

"There is an urgent need for the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment to end the two-and-a-half year delay on passing the Employment Law Compliance Bill which would enable inspectors to impose on the spot fines for breaches of employment law and to change work permits so that non EU workers are no longer tied to one employer." ENDS

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