Rationale and purpose of report
Since 2002 the MRCI has been supporting migrant workers experiencing exploitation to seek redress on foot of that exploitation. MRCI never set out to be involved in this area of work but very quickly found that the workers coming in contact with MRCI had little or no access to the normal channels of securing representation, e.g. private solicitors or trade unions. They were in the main, employed in sectors that are primarily non unionised and poorly regulated, and were coping with multiple problems such as irregular legal status, no social protection, fear and so on. Up to recent years there was little acknowledgment of the existence and depth of exploitation being experienced by some migrant workers. Through supporting individual migrant workers to make formal complaints, it has been possible to move beyond an anecdotal level of discussion to a more formal one where the issues and nature of exploitation being experienced could be reported and acted on.