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SF welcomes appointment of labour inspectors but calls for tougher legislation to protect migrant workers

12 April, 2005


Sinn Féin spokesperson on Trade and Enterprise, Arthur Morgan TD has welcomed the announcement today by Minister Martin that he is to appoint 11 more labour inspectors but said it still falls far short of what is required to ensure the full protection of workers rights.

Speaking in the Dáil this afternoon Deputy Morgan said there was an „urgent necessity for legislation to be brought forward to reform the work permits system in light of the litany of revelations of exploitation of migrant workers which have come to public attention in recent weeks including the cases of the Gama construction workers, the farm labourers in the South East and the Filipino women employed by Irish Ferries."

Earlier Deputy Morgan said he welcomed Minister Martin‚s announcement that he is to appoint 11 more labour inspectors who will place specific emphasis on areas of employment where there are large concentrations of migrant workers. "However, county Louth TD said, "this falls far short of what is required to ensure the full protection of workers rights.

"Sinn Féin would support the trade union call for at least 70 inspectors so that proper and thorough investigations can be carried out to root out the unscrupulous employers who are flagrantly abusing migrant workers and by extension driving down the working conditions of all workers."

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