How does Ireland measure up on addressing severe labour exploitation?

Next week sees the launch of the report Severe Labour Exploitation within the EU prepared by the European Union Fundamental Rights Agency, and the Irish background research on the topic. The Irish Centre for Human Rights, together with the Irish Council for Civil Liberties, is the Irish research partner for the European Union Fundamental Rights Agency research network and will host an event in Dublin to mark the launch of this report.  Some of the findings of the research relating to Ireland are worth highlighting:

There are specific sectors of the economy in which the vast majority of the exploitation of migrant communities takes place. The main areas identified in the research include the domestic sector [….] and cleaning, farm labourers, restaurants […]

There is a lack of awareness of the severity and conditions of labour exploitation in Ireland among the majority of the population. Increased public awareness campaigns would significantly increase awareness which in turn could reduce opportunities for situations of exploitation to exist.

[…] very few cases are reported; of those that are, very few are brought to official organisations and even fewer are prosecuted. Most cases are settled, and even in these cases enforcing the settlement (e.g. in the case of payment of wages) is difficult to achieve.

The research on Ireland is comprehensive and details the developments that have taken place in Ireland aimed at ensuring greater protections for victims of extreme forms of labour exploitation.

This event will also serve to raise awareness and discussion at national level of the recently released Fundamental Rights Agency Annual Report. This report examines fundamental rights-related developments in: equality and non-discrimination; racism, xenophobia and related intolerance; Roma integration; asylum, borders, immigration and integration; information society, privacy and data protection; the rights of the child; access to justice including rights of crime victims; and the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and its use by Member States.

The event takes place on Tuesday 27th October, and those interested in attending should RSVP to Emily.brennan@nuigalway.ie as soon as possible as space is limited.

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