In a passionate debate on continued labour scandals involving large-scale abuses of employment law by local and international employers, delegates also criticised the inability of the Government to protect workers.
Construction branch official Paul Hansard said the construction industry was full of “artful dodgers and chancers” intent on ripping-off workers for their own profit.
Mr Hansard also criticised State agencies such as the NRA and local authorities for continuing to hire contractors for public projects which are not compliant with employment law.
Construction branch secretary Eric Fleming criticised what he called the complete failure of the Revenue Commissioners to pursue fly-by-night sub-contractors responsible for many of the abuses throughout the building sector.
Delegates passed a motion for a Joint Labour Committee to regulate on a statutory basis pay and conditions of domestic workers.