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Published on November 19th, 2013 | by Flipside

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McEwan Hall restoration in Nepalese migrant controversy

The Tab, well known for its consistently high standard of investigative journalism, has this week revealed the slave-like conditions of Nepalese migrant workers involved in the ongoing restoration of McEwan Hall.

The conditions faced by the workers are in direct violation of EU labour law, and include having to operate in an unsafe environment requiring extensive scaffolding to simply keep the scaffolding up. In addition, the workers suffer from what has become a daily tirade of derogative abuse from EUSA staff in their officers across Bristo Square. Many of the workers are also unable to return home with winter quickly approaching and Edinburgh airport expected to grind to a halt until late March at the earliest.

The story has sent shock waves across the university, but from what Flipside can gather this is largely due to the Tab having written something worth reading for once rather than any concern for the Nepalese workers in question. The subdued reaction among the student body has been attributed to the fact that the workers are not Tibetan.

One vaguely disinterested student, dressed as a Somalian pirate, did however comment while queuing for the Big Cheese that the workers were “treated like animals”. Veg Soc have consequently issued a statement condemning the student for what they claim was an insensitive, somehow racist comparison which belittles the plight of suffering animals the world over.

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