Union advises members on how to emigrate
A UNION will today take the radical step of advising members on how to emigrate.
The Technical, Engineering and Electrical Union (TEEU) is holding a workshop on getting a job abroad following an almost 54pc fall in construction jobs since the boom peak. As the largest craft union, the TEEU's 45,000 members work in some of the sectors hardest hit by the recession.
Membership grew by 65pc over the last decade, but from early this year there has been a fall of almost 7pc.
The number of people emigrating this year is expected to be around 45,000, and another 100,000 are predicted to leave before the economy recovers.
"We wouldn't like this to be interpreted as us encouraging members to go away," said TEEU official Sean Harding.
"But if people are considering going away, we would prefer that they would find out the appropriate rates of pay."
He said Canadian trade unionists were advising emigrants to avoid so-called 'labour brokers' who take money with the promise of a good job that was rarely "up to scratch".
The workshop takes place at the Irish Engineers' Hall at 6 Gardiner Row in Dublin from 5.30pm to 8pm.