THE Australian Embassy has blasted a racist advert looking for a bricklayer in Perth which includes the instruction that "no Irish" are wanted.
The ad on classifieds website Gumtree states: “Bricklayer needed ASAP. $250 a day, no part-time workers and NO IRISH” – in language reminiscent of the discrimination against the Irish in British cities in the 1950s.
Simon, the man who placed the ad, defended the move today stating that he was sick of Irish people applying for jobs with no experience.
“I have no trouble with Irish people, but I’ve had to fire a number of people. I’ve had lots of Irish people say they have experience bricklaying but come over and have no clue how to lay bricks. I’m very busy and don’t have time to be watching over them.”
Many postings on social media sites reflected shock at the ad. “Australians like the Irish when they are good they're very very good and when they are bad they a horrid...,” said one tweet.
Two years ago it was claimed that “No Irish need apply” signs were going up on building sites in Poland in a bid to take revenge on some unscrupulous builders who treated their staff badly.
Now, I am in no way condoning this non-PC ridiculousness but I have to say that, as an emigrant, I can't say I hold it against this employer.
I've known pleny of Irish who've come here to Canada who've lied about their experience in order to land some labouring job to tide them over until: (a) they found something better long-term or (b) pay day on Friday to fund in the short-term the inevitable four day bender ahead, with a still drunk sick call come Monday morning.
Unfortunately, the situation in Oz is even worse given the social saturation of expats in places like Perth, Sydney and Melbourne.
I see a similar problem growing here throughout the popular hotspots in Canada like Vancouver and Toronto but, luckily for us, it seems that 99% of Canucks claim some sort of Irish heritage and so they tend to look on us with more brotherly bemusement than downright annoyance at our (bordering on alcoholic) antics.
Historically, however, it does hark back to the discrimination aimed at us Irish in England, or the US, throughout the ages, particularly in literature and newspapers back in the day when we were always delightfully pictured as some sort of demonic human-ape hybrid.
UPDATE: Bizarrely, both an Irishman AND an Englishman have since claimed that they posted the controversial ad in question. You can't make this stuff up!
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