Builders here demand a level playing field
Published 20/07/2011 | 05:00
I REFER to yesterday's Irish Independent 'One in five school projects built by Northern firms'. The Construction Industry Federation recognises and welcomes the fact that it is an open market, which equally creates opportunities for Irish companies to win work abroad.
However, we demand that companies from outside the Republic are compliant with all statutory requirements -- whether in terms of tax, safety and health, environmental standards, and wages.
We are, in this regard, concerned at the apparent ineffectiveness of the National Employment Rights Authority (NERA) in terms of investigating and prosecuting companies from outside the jurisdiction where breaches of obligations under its remit are thought to have occurred.