Green Left TV: Sinn Fein TD says Irish workers forced to migrate, face exploitation — calls for them to join unions

September 14, 2012
Video: Pearse Doherty: Generation Emigration. GreenLeftOnline/YouTube.

Sinn Fein TD (member of the Irish parliament) Pearse Doherty speaking to about 100 people in Perth on September 8 about the brutal austerity, to fund huge bank bailouts, in Ireland. This is destroying the lives of working people and driving 76,000 people to emigrate every year.

Doherty also called for Irish immigrants to join trade unions in Australia "and stand up for workers' rights". He called on them to join campaigns for their own rights and fight against all forms of exploitation and "not allow yourself to be used to drive down other workers' wages".

Doherty also travelled to speak at meetings and meet with unions, community organisation and local politicians in Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne. The trip was partly organised to encourage Irish migrant workers in Australia, forced to leave their homeland by savage austerity, to join trade unions to combat exploitation.

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