With the election of Joe Higgins and Clare Daly to the 31st Dail, the Socialist Party, and the United Left Alliance with 5 seats, have many reasons to celebrate. However, the cause for celebration doesn’t end there. On election day the High Court approved an action being taken in Ireland against the Turkish construction firm GAMA by former employees.
THE HIGH Court has cleared the way for 491 Turkish construction workers to bring an action in Ireland, rather than Turkey, against their employers for some €40.3 million compensation over alleged underpayment of wages and benefits while they were working here on State contracts.
Ms Justice Elizabeth Dunne yesterday rejected the challenge by Gama Endustri Tesisleri Imalat Montaj AS (Gama Turkey) and its wholly owned Irish company, Gama Construction Ireland Ltd, to the jurisdiction of the Irish courts to hear the workers’ action against both companies.
It will be interesting to see how this case proceeds.
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