Questions over how meat factories recruit and employ foreign workers

An Irish Farmers Journal investigation has revealed a complex legal web of worker recruitment methods by meat factories.

It includes subcontractors and agencies, and results in foreign workers in Irish meat factories paying tax in Poland instead of Ireland.

The Journal claims to have seen documents that reveal a scheme in which foreign workers in Irish meat factories were registered as sole traders in Poland — and paid their tax in that country instead of Ireland.

This meant the firm did not have to pay tax and PRSI contributions for those workers in this country.

It also meant the workers were not entitled to any of the social security supports, such as illness benefit payments from the Irish government.

To find out more, Ocean FM reporter  John Lynch spoke to Hannah Quinn Mulligan, news correspondent with the Irish Farmers Journal.