Sinn Féin party whip, Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD, welcomed the publication today by USI of their ‘Vision for post-bailout Ireland’ document, particularly their conclusion that JobBridge is beyond repair and should be phased out.
Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:
“Like Sinn Féin's own alternative budget proposals, the
document challenges government policy in a range of areas from social
protection and mental health to political reform and social housing.
“It's worth highlighting the USI's conclusion that "the JobBridge scheme is beyond repair and should be phased out". I have been undertaking a series of meetings with relevant trade unions and the emerging consensus is in keeping with my original concerns - JobBridge displaces paid employment, depresses job creation, compounds underemployment and drives down wages.
“Young people and those with higher level qualifications are particularly vulnerable to exploitation under the JobBridge scheme and as such USI has valuable insight. I would urge Minister Burton to heed their advice.”