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GAMA claims on workers don't stand up - O'Connor

9 April, 2005

Clondalkin Sinn Féin councillor Shane O‚Connor has denounced the move by GAMA Construction to repatriate 140 Turkish workers from its site in Balgaddy and claimed their explanations for doing so don't stand up.

Cllr O‚Connor said: "GAMA claim that the workers have been made redundant because it is unable to proceed with the next phase of building due to the residency of a Traveller family on part of the site.

"This is a red herring. GAMA had already agreed to proceed with the next phase of construction in an arrangement which made provision for the relocation of this family over the next few weeks.

"GAMA is using this excuse to victimise workers who have dared to fight for their rights. There is no justification for postponing the construction of the next 70 dwellings.

"In addition, GAMA could undertake the major programme of outstanding repairs to houses it built in the nearby Buirg an Rí estate.

"The result of this attitude by these unscrupulous developers is two fold. Workers are being denied their legitimate entitlements and families on the housing list have their hopes of a home postponed."ENDS

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