Date Released: 01 February 2016
Over 150 people attended the launch of the SIPTU Migrant and International Workers Network at a conference in Liberty Hall, Dublin 1, yesterday (Friday, 29th January). The conference was addressed by Minister of State Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, SIPTU General President, Jack O’Connor and migrant worker activists.
SIPTU migrant worker activists from across Ireland attended the conference to take part in workshops on issues including training, workers’ rights and innovation.
SIPTU Migrant and International Workers Support Network co-ordinator, Evelina Saduikyte, said: “The aim of the Support Network is to organise and support migrant workers effectively and fully participate in union activity. Workers regardless of their country of origin have a shared objective in sustaining and improving working conditions.”
Support Network co-ordinator, Joanna Ozdarska, said: “Our union has a growing and active migrant worker membership. The Support Network will enable migrant workers to support themselves and their communities.”
She added: “It is also intended that the Support Network will work in collaboration with like-minded progressive groups and organisations across the community sector and civil society. This coalition will campaign for a just, inclusive and equal society for all.”
The conference concluded today (Saturday, 30th January).