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Widespread abuse in hospitality sector to be outlined at Galway public meeting – Trevor Ó Clochartaigh

1 March, 2017

Widespread and continual abuse of workers in the hospitality sector in Galway will be laid bare at a presentation of survey findings at a public meeting in Galway next Monday.  A survey of 415 workers in the Galway area indicates regular incidents of sexual and physical abuse, wholesale breaches of labour law and manipulation of vulnerable workers in the workplace.

Sinn Féin Galway West –South Mayo Senator, Trevor Ó Clochartaigh, who is one of the people spearheading the campaign says:

‘Industry whistleblowers such as Eva Mitchell, who is helping drive this campaign, have lifted the lid on some of the appalling abuses that are happening in the hospitality industry in Galway.

‘At our public meeting in the Clayton Hotel at 8pm on Monday 6th March, we will present the findings of our research. We will hear first-hand testimonies of the types of abuse that are commonplace, even in many of Galway’s most ‘respectable’ establishments.

‘We will be providing information for workers as to what their basic legal rights are and what they should expect from a good employer. We will hear from unions such as SIPTU, representative organisations, staff and students from NUIG, the Union of Students in Ireland, the Rape Crisis Network, the Workplace Relations Commission and others about other initiatives in the sector, as well as the supports and redress mechanisms that are available.

‘We are calling on hospitality workers, restaurant and hotel owners and managers and anyone who has an interest in fostering a positive work culture in the hospitality sector in Galway to come along and hear for themselves.

‘We would love to see Galway as a centre of excellence for the hospitality sector worldwide, but to achieve that we need a huge culture shift and an acknowledgement from the industry that there are serious problems which must be addressed as a matter of urgency. That is what this campaign is all about’.

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