Crossing Borders, Breaking Boundaries - A Peace IV European Reginal Development Programme Project

A cross-border collaboration between the Irish Congress of Trade Unions Northern Ireland (NIC ICTU), Migrant Rights Centre Ireland (MRCI), Community Intercultural Programme (CIP), and Ulster University (UU), the project comes at a pivotal moment when Brexit has led to greater uncertainty, risks and increases in racism for Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) workers.

A €1.1 million project supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB)

The project will support the labour market integration of BME workers in the agricultural, food processing and services sectors in Donegal/Derry, Cavan/Armagh and Monaghan/Newry - Down, securing their rights and conducting research.

If you are working in Northern Ireland you are entitled to legal minimum rights at work, including the right to join a trade union and to work free from unlawful discrimination and harassment.

It is particularly important for black and minority ethnic migrant workers to join and organise in trade unions to avoid exploitation and poorer treatment than other workers.

Owen Reidy, NIC ICTU Assistant General Secretary

“The partners will develop a new model of labour market integration in the border counties to up hold and protect BME workers’ rights and build relationships across all communities to combat discrimination, racism and sectarian. It is imperative that we combat discrimination, racism and sectarianism in all its forms and this project will provide the tools we need.”

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