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Filipino fishermen in abuse claim

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About 100 Filipinos work in the fishing industry in Northern Ireland

Some Filipinos working in Northern Ireland's fishing industry are suffering abuse, intimidation and poor pay, the BBC has learned.

Some fishermen have claimed they are paid as little as 20 a week, for more than 70 hours work.

There are also those who said they have suffered physical attacks, humiliation and racial abuse.

On Tuesday trade unions and ethnic minority organisations will meet to highlight the issue.

There are about 100 Filipino fishermen working in Northern Ireland.

It is understood that many live on board the boats all year round and some have described an absence of heating and a lack of food.

A local fisherman said they relied on the Filipino workforce because of an extreme shortage of local labour, and that such incidents are isolated.

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