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Ireland May Deport Filipino Family for Joining Strike

GMANews.TV, Jerrie M. Abella Posted: Mar 16, 2010

A Filipino family that has lived in Ireland for eight years is now facing possible deportation by Irish authorities because of the fathers participation in a recent workers action in a food factory at County Kildare, Ireland.

According to reports, John Recto, together with his wife and kids, are being threatened with possible deportation from Ireland with the confiscation of their immigrant visas by Irish authorities. We are concerned that this is another case where a worker is punished for fighting for his rights," said Garry Martinez, chair of migrants rights group Migrante International, in a statement.

In a news report posted on the Web Site of the Irish political party Republican Sinn Fein (RSF), Filipino worker John Recto joined a hunger strike together with shop steward Jim Wyse and John Guinan, both Irish workers, against the Green Isle Food Factory last week to claim their compensation after being sacked by the company last summer.

Soon after the dispute was amicably settled with the help of local unions, Recto sought to renew his work visa but it was instead confiscated in a police station. His and his wifes immigration cards were also confiscated.

We believe that the confiscation of immigrant visas of Recto and his wife was discriminatory and was meant to punish Recto for joining the strike. This is a clear violation of labor and human rights of John and his innocent family," Martinez said.

The Irish Congress of Trade Unions and the Technical Engineering and Electrical Union are now making representations on behalf of Recto and his family to stop their deportation.

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