Conference on migrant workers' rights

Published Wednesday, 21 May 2014
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Local business leaders have attended a conference in Belfast to discuss the rights of migrant workers in Northern Ireland.

Conference on migrant workers' rights
The summit will look at the benefits migrant workers bring to NI. (© Pacemaker)

Wednesday's meeting looked at the contributions made by people from other parts of the world and explored some of the challenges they have encountered.

It comes amid a recent rise in hate crimes across Belfast.

Michael Wardlow, Chief Commissioner of the Equality Commission, said: "Recent well publicised incidents of deplorable racist violence are a reminder of how urgent and important it is that everyone continues to work together to challenge such unacceptable behaviour.

"By providing a welcoming working environment for people who come here from all over the world, employers are making a vital contribution to combating racial prejudice in wider society."

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toron cana in belfast wrote (154 days ago):
what about a Conference on local peoples' rights. i have no problems with migrants getting jobs here. but most jobs seem to be going to migrants while local people are suffering and young people are leaving school with no possibility of getting a job. im not a racist. but i do believe that our government and any other government should be making sure that their people come first not migrants. and the companys that employ migrants should realise that some migrants seem to be more of a problem as i have noticed it myself. ie getting served by someone who has problems understanding you and that people will get annoyed with that and will not go back. and im sure through time the companys involved will loose money and wonder what is going on. to me i would prefer a new law like 50/50 recruitment were 50% of jobs in a company goto locals and 50% to migrants. this will help with our high unemployment rate and should help cut down on racist attacks as people will be happy that their being treated as equals.
Michael in Templepatrick wrote (155 days ago):
The racists among us have failed, all they managed to do is hopefully earn migrants better conditions for the future and more rights in the workplace. Big fail again lads. Your lives seem to be full of one failure after the next, when will it all end eh?
norman.d in bangor wrote (155 days ago):
Migrant workers from Europe are working for low wages that drives living standards down that's why companies want to stay in Europe because of the cheap labour they bring to this country which needs to be tackled
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