The Earthquake Commission (EQC) has approached Irish workers for help because of a shortage of hands for the quake repair process, EQC chief executive Ian Simpson said today. At an earthquake recovery media briefing in Canterbury's Cashel Mall, Mr Simpson said they were looking at a repair process of about 100,000 houses, and would need about 8000 labourers.
Source''We know there is a lot of labour still available in Canterbury that we need to be tapping into more quickly. 'So we are starting with Canterbury, then South Island, then the rest of New Zealand, and then we will start to go overseas. 'We have made initial approaches in places like Ireland, where we know there are similar workers - English speaking, large unemployment rate of skilled workers, so we can bring those in when we need them.''
Officials in New Zealand are planning to recruit Irish construction workers to help repair thousands of buildings damaged in three major earthquakes in the country's second biggest city over the past year. RTE LINK