Hundreds walk-off building sites in Dublin and Galway in show of strength
In a courageous and impressive show of strength, four hundred GAMA Turkish workers staged a walkout from building sites across Dublin, yesterday. More protests are planned today, Tuesday 5 April, in Tynagh, County Galway (west Ireland).
On Monday 4 April, Turkish workers walked off their building sites across Dublin in protest at non-payment of wages which are held by the company Finansbank, in the Netherlands.
GAMA construction has hidden away possibly up 30 million euro in unpaid wages belonging to these workers. This money is just a portion of the unpaid wages owed. Most of these workers are in receipt of payment rates of 2.30 euro per hour and working up to 80 or 90 hours a week.
Foreign workers are amongst the most exploited and vulnerable, which makes the GAMA workers’ decision to take strike action all the more brave and important. Their action is a brilliant and courageous example to other super-exploited workers in Ireland and across Europe.
The workers marched through Dublin to a mass rally in Liberty Hall where they were addressed by members of the Turkish Workers’ Action Group, Erie Fleming of SIPTU (the workers’ union) and by Socialist Party TD (member of the Irish Parliament) Joe Higgins.
These workers exist in slave-like conditions. They are completely reliant on their employers for food and accommodation. They have received no wages in weeks and are quite destitute at this stage. Twelve workers " were locked out of their building site in Tynagh, County Galway, last Sunday night, and alternative places to stay have had to found in Dublin. This is an illustration of the appalling situation facing the workers and the vicious reign of fear and the intimidation by GAMA management on these sites.
The workers demand:
Show solidarity with GAMA workers. Send protests to:
Managing Director Hakan Karaalioglu
Gama Construction Ireland Ltd
Republic of Ireland
Fax: 00 35 31 1862 9698
Please send copies to:
Minister for Enterprise
Trade and Employment
Department of Enterprise Trade and Employment
23 Kildare Street
Republic of Ireland
Fax: 00 353 1 631 2815
e mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please email solidarity messages to the GAMA workers (via Joe Higgins TD) to the following address: