Today the Secretary General for the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation provided an update on the implementation of the Action Plan for Jobs.
Speaking after the meeting Sinn Féin Spokesperson for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation said:
“The Government is keen to attribute the increase in employment and decrease in unemployment to the action plan for jobs.
“However, they refuse to acknowledge the impact of emigration on these figures and that government policy is maintaining high levels of youth and long term unemployment, variable hours working and reduced take home pay.
“The Secretary General was keen to emphasise the level of implementation of the Action Plan for Jobs. However this is a tick box exercise and represents a, ‘never mind the quality, feel the width approach to job creation.
“The key issue facing the community is emigration, increasing inequality and long term and youth unemployment. The Action plan for jobs ignores theses and focuses on niche areas of the economy.
“The promises of substantive legislation to deal with workers’ rights and collective bargaining are put on the long finger. And the target of a fair distribution of inward investment across the regions has been dropped.
“The government needs to stop the spin and focus the next Action Plan for Jobs on delivering jobs for the long term unemployed and our young, stemming emigration and ensuring the rights and conditions of employment.”