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Last Updated: Friday, 9 December 2005, 13:27 GMT
Talks follow migrant worker clash
Councillor Vincent Currie
Vincent Currie says a mediation process is needed
Officials from a County Tyrone poultry factory are due to meet the police and representatives of migrant workers following a dispute outside the plant.

Clashes broke out between at least 50 Lithuanian and East Timorese workers outside the Moy Park plant in Dungannon on Thursday. One person was injured.

A man was arrested but later freed on police bail pending further inquiries.

Moy Park officials want to establish what caused the dispute and try to prevent it happening again.

It is not yet clear what the dispute on the Killyman Road was about but the rear window of a car was smashed.

Interpreters were brought in to speak to the groups before the area was reported calm.

The groups dispersed shortly after 1800 GMT and the area remained quiet for the rest of the evening.

Police, however, kept a presence at the scene to prevent more trouble and recovered 12 makeshift weapons, including sticks and cudgels, which had been discarded by the crowd when officers arrived.

Dungannon SDLP councillor Vincent Currie called for a mediation process to be set up.

"I think it's time that management of Moy Park and the spokespersons for both the Lithuanians and the East Timorese, and the management of the recruitment company who brought them here, got together to sort this thing out," he said.

"I don't want it to simmer on, I don't want to see it breaking out onto the streets of Dungannon."

The injured man was detained in hospital overnight where he was treated for a head injury.




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