Deputy Broughan recently asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, to report on the continuing serious allegations of illegal pay and conditions for workers in the fishing industry. In a reply to his Parliamentary Question received last week, Deputy Broughan was informed that there 157 contraventions discovered during inspections of fleets by the Inspectorate and Enforcement Division of the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC). The reply states that two-thirds of the fleet “that comes within the aegis of the Atypical Worker Permission Scheme” were inspected by the end of 2016 and the remainder of inspections will be carried out by the summer of this year.
Following a report on the 2nd of November by the Guardian newspaper of an undercover investigation into alleged maltreatment of migrant workers in the Irish Fishing Industry Deputy Broughan raised a number of questions with the Ministers for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Agriculture, Food and the Marine and Justice and Equality.
Replies to these Parliamentary Questions state that the Inter-departmental Taskforce established in the wake of these report had its first meeting on the 5th of November and is due to have its second meeting tomorrow, the 12th of November.