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Irish angry at 'cheap'Turkish labour

BUILDING workers in Ireland held protests against Turkish construction firm Gama in Dublin on Monday over claims that it pays imported Turkish workers a fraction of the fair wage.

Hundreds of workers demonstrated outside the High Court, where Gama's temporary injunction against the publication of a report by Ireland's Labour Inspectorate into its working practices was due for judicial review.

Gama - Turkey's largest construction firm - employs over 1,000 staff in Ireland and has won several major projects from the Irish government.

But in February the Irish parliament heard allegations that 700 Turkish workers were being paid just £2 an hour - far below Ireland's £4.80 minimum wage and the £8.90 agreed wage for construction workers under the Registered Employment Agreement.

Ireland's employment minister Michael Martin has received the Labour Inspectorate's report but it cannot be published because the judge has adjourned his decision on the injunction until next week.

The Department for Enterprise, Trade and Employment said: 'The minister's objective is that all workers are given their due entitlements.'

Gama declined to comment.