In 2005 a group of Turkish workers made history in Ireland when they took on their employer, Turkish-owned multinational construction giant GAMA. Assisted by the Socialist Party, whose members first exposed the scandalous wages and conditions being paid by GAMA to its Turkish workers, they engaged in a bitter and hard fought battle which eventually brought GAMA to heel.
Revelations during the course of this struggle about the brutal exploitation of migrant workers, about the systematic theft of these workers' wages by GAMA, and about the complacency of the Irish state and political establishment in, for years, turning a blind eye to what was happening, rocked Irish society at the time and will have lasting repercussions.
In making a stand against this modern day slavery, the GAMA workers, together with the Socialist Party, have struck a blow for the rights of migrant workers and workers generally. They have written one of the proudest chapters in Irish labour history.