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Ferris condemns exploitation of foreign workers in Irish fishing industry

3 November, 2015 - by Martin Ferris TD

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."

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