Rights for migrant workers!

Submitted by Anon on 20 April, 2005 - 2:19

The Republic of Ireland, whose main export for decades was meat — people and cattle, the people often enduring travel conditions on cross-Channel boats not much better than those of the cattle — now imports “guest workers”, they in their turn treated not much better than beasts.

On 12 April Turkish construction workers demonstrated in front of the Dáil [Irish Parliament] to call for shorter hours of work, better inspections of workplaces by state labour inspectors, and guarantees that they will receive all their wages.

The 250 Turkish workers on the demonstration had been working for as much as 80 hours a week for rates of pay between 2.2 and just over 3 euros (£1.50–£2) an hour.

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