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Empey should remind some Executive colleagues of employment rights.

3 February, 2009 - by Sue Ramsey

Sinn Fein MLA for West Belfast and chair of the Employment and learning committee, Sue Ramsey has welcomed Employment Ministers statement today regarding migrant workers being employed locally.

Speaking today Ms Ramsey said:

"The Employment Minster Reg Empey's comments today with regards to the ongoing focus placed upon the role of migrant workers within the local economy are to be welcomed.

"The contribution that these workers have made both to our economy and society has been extremely valuable and has led to a greater opening up of Irish society, bringing new skills and diverse cultures to our shores, enriching our communities.

"Much of the debate has emerged following the Environment Minister, Sammy Wilson's comments that local employers should give jobs to people from the north of Ireland before migrant workers

"There are very clear laws under the EU which detail migrant workers entitlements and rights and to have these called into question by certain ministers is unacceptable and breaches the pledge of office.

"What we need to see now is Reg Empey, as Minster with responsibility for employment to remind some Executive colleagues that racist and knee-jerk comments towards our migrant workforce are in no way welcome."

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