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Morgan confirms that Enterprise Department are to investigate exploitation of South African workers

19 July, 2006

Sinn Féin Workers Rights spokesperson Arthur Morgan TD said he had been in contact with the Department of Enterprise and they have now confirmed that they are investigating the exploitation of 19 South African workers in five locations across the state and they hope to go into the company this afternoon.

Deputy Morgan said:

"I have been in contact with the Department of Enterprise about the case of these 19 South African workers and they confirmed to me this morning that they have launched an investigation and hope to go into the company this afternoon.

"I was also in contact with SIPTU who confirmed that ICTU have an agreement with Bus Éireann that all contracts will meet fully with legislative requirements.

"This is a very serious case and is all the more worrying given it involves a state company. It is not good enough for either Bus Éireann or Irish company Transport Components to say that they don't know the detail because they are not the direct employers. These men are working in Ireland fitting safety belts on Bus Éireann's fleet and both they and Transport Components have a duty to ensure that the men are treated fairly.

"It's vital that employers, who are flouting the law, get the message that labour laws have to be fully implemented without exception. Any employer in breach of labour law should receive heavy penalties and be told very clearly that they will no longer be used for state contracts."ENDS

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