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End Direct Provision - Solidarity Action

In continuing our effort to raise awareness of company's involved in benefiting from the governments anti-worker Direct Provision System, Dublin activists will be holding a solidarity picket at the Maldron Hotel, Parnell Square in the City Centre on Saturday15th February at 6pm. This action is to highlight the treatment of Migrant Workers and their families, in conjunction with the MASI - Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland. Ahead of Saturdays solidarity action a spokesperson for the Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland group said "On the 4th July this year, the Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland was appalled after meeting several asylum seeking families stuck in the Maldron Hotel in Roxboro Limerick city without basic supports like nappies, baby formula, sanitary products for women, and toiletries. We had to ask Irish people to donate those items for asylum seekers. "The Irish government contracted the Maldron hotel to provide a bed and 3 meals a day for asylum seekers who aren't allowed to work which turns the hotel into an open prison. They didn't even have laundry facilities for the asylum seekers living in the Maldron hotel. Irish people had to collect dirty clothes from asylum seekers to wash in their homes then bring them back to the hotel. That is no way to live. The hotels and BnBs are making on average €100 per night for each asylum seeker living in their accommodation. Its time for the Irish government to prioritise human rights and end the profiteering through the asylum system." An IWW spokesperson stated that "The systematic ill-treatment of migrant workers and the failure to obtain their basic human rights has been reported time and time again in the media yet little or nothing has changed. Hundreds are dying attempting to reach the shores of Europe while many more are subjected to ill-treatment and imprisonment. As part of a series of country wide actions we are taking this opportunity to join with other activists, trade union and human rights activists to demand an end to the racist policy of direct provision system as well as to highlight those companies who continue to profit from this continuing misery. For ourselves as a union created by migrant workers our message is clear, we demand an end to the direct provision system now! - Migrant rights are workers rights!" The protest action will be held this coming Saturday 15th February at 6pm, at the Maldron Hotel, Parnell Square, Dublin. Join with us to demand an immediate end to the direct provision system!

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