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Brexit concerns for construction workers' qualifications post-Brexit - Begley

8 January, 2019 - by Órfhlaith Begley

Sinn Féin MP Orfhlaith Begley has said construction workers from the north are concerned they may not be able to work on an all-Ireland basis post-Brexit. 

The West Tyrone MP said: 

"I have been dealing with construction firms in Tyrone who are concerned their employees will not be able to work across the island post-Brexit because of problems with recognition of qualifications. 

"At present, construction workers need a construction skills registration card but many involved in the sector are now concerned that in the event of a no-deal Brexit they will not be able to access the Construction Skills Certification Scheme as it only recognises equivalent qualifications from other member states. 

"That would mean construction workers would have to have to get a separate qualification in the south in order to work there. 

"I have been in contact with SOLAS, the body that manages construction qualifications in the south, and they have confirmed there could be problems in the event of a no-deal Brexit. 

"This is yet another example of how Brexit will hit workers and industry in the north and underscores the need for the interests of the people of the north and our economy to be protected."

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