Ferris condemns exploitation of foreign workers in Irish fishing industry
Sinn Féin spokesman on Fisheries, Martin Ferris TD, commenting on the reports in the Guardian newspaper of exploitation and abuse of non-EU fishermen in the Irish industry, said that anyone involved in such practices should be named, shamed and condemned without exception.
Deputy Ferris said:
“The majority of those who are involved in the Irish fishing industry are decent, hard-working people, struggling to make a living in a sector which has been neglected by successive governments and suffering from a lack of quota.
“Anyone, however, who is involved in such exploitation and abuse should be named, shamed and condemned. The report in the Guardian highlights the need for a seafarers’ charter to protect the rights of workers on the sea, where the same protections enjoyed by land-based workers should be in force.
"At a time when fishermen are subject to the strictest vigilance regarding their quotas and catch, the Irish authorities should be more vigilant about workers' rights and conditions at sea."