October 30, 2020
Archibald condemns lack of clarity on frontier workers scheme

Sinn Féin MLA Caoimhe Archibald has criticised the British government’s planned legislation for a new permit scheme for cross-border workers. 

Speaking after 16 organisations in the north signed a joint letter expressing concern about the planned scheme, the East Derry MLA said: 

“This week the Committee on the Administration of Justice and 15 other groups sent a joint letter to the Secretary of State outlining serious concerns around the Frontier Workers Scheme. This scheme is intended to provide vital rights protections to those who travel over the border to work.

“Up to 30,000 people on the island of Ireland are cross-border workers. They will be losing access to vital EU protections next year, and the scheme intended to replace that is nowhere near up and running.

“No consultation was done before the legislation for this scheme was introduced. It is shameful that unions and rights groups have had to release a public letter in order to make their views known to the British government.

“As is often the case with Brexit issues, it is Ireland’s border communities who will suffer the most. Cross-border workers are a vital part of the border economy, and the least they deserve is a scheme that is delivered promptly and transparently.”

“I will be writing to the Minister for the Economy and the British Home Secretary to urge them to listen to the concerns of cross border workers.”

Follow us online

Latest Tweets

Scoliosis Scandal: @KathleenSF1 says we need a child-centred, independent investigation into the scoliosis scandal which has seen unapproved metal implants being used in surgical procedures, resulting in poor outcomes for many children. #RTÉtwip #TWIP

📺 Sinn Féin spokesperson on Children @Kathleensf1 will be live on @rtetwip today from 12noon.

Watch here: https://www.rte.ie/player/onnow


"I know two STAUNCH Fianna Fáil supporters, and they told me that they would never ever vote Fianna Fáil again because you drove their 4 children to the 4 corners of the world."

A Sinn Féin Gov would prioritise housing and build the homes that our people need. @ThomasGouldSF

Load More