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Gama pays up in Eire

TURKISH construction firm Gama has agreed a ruling by the Irish Labour Court last week to pay 80 workers an average of £5,400 each in lieu of unpaid overtime backdated over a four-year period.

No worker will receive less than £1,300 and each will get a one-off payment of a month's salary on completion of their contracts in Ireland.

The Turkish workers have accepted the recommendation and are due to go back to work after eight weeks of strikes.

In May, Irish Union Siptu balloted the men and around 400 builders based in Dublin voted for official strike action.

Last month accountant PricewaterhouseCoopers resigned as auditor to Gama because the company failed to supply it with information relating to wages.