Responding to the announcement that government has appointed Ged Nash TD as a new Super Junior Minister for Jobs Sinn Féin’s Spokesperson for Jobs Peadar Tóibín TD said the new post will mean little to the long-term unemployed and young people out of work, the hundreds of thousands who have emigrated or the one in four SMEs experiencing loan default adding, “stimulus remains the key to turning around Ireland’s fortunes.”
The Meath West TD said:
“It will not be lost on the hundreds of thousands of people out of work and struggling SMEs that the job Labour is most interested in creating is a Super Junior Minister position for themselves.
“Unless this government takes a radical departure from its current course and this cabinet reshuffle will be a bum deal for workers. Any new commitments to low paid workers must be viewed in the context that it is this government who has presided over a fundamentally flawed economic strategy that has undermined demand across the retail, hospitality and construction sectors.
“Let’s not forget it is the Labour leader herself who has responsibility for the legislation dealing with insolvency payments, yet she has taken no action to end the practice of informal insolvencies by unscrupulous employers who leave low paid workers high and dry unable to access their entitlements.
“Since the crisis began in 2008 Sinn Féin has set out a deliverable economic agenda to stimulate the economy, support SMEs and get people back to work.
“In addition to our stimulus policies we have delivered year on year alternative budgets that have met Government’s deficit reduction targets, but unlike Labour and Fine Gael our proposals would have shielded low and middle income households.
“Both Government parties on taking up office stuck firmly to Fianna Fáil’s austerity agenda and by doing so have entrenched Ireland into the latter half of a lost decade.
“Creating a Super Junior Minister for Jobs will mean little or nothing to the increasing numbers of long-term unemployed and young people out of work, the hundreds of thousands who have emigrated or the one in four SMEs experiencing loan default.
“Not only has government stuck rigidly to an economic policy of austerity, it has also failed to deliver on its own Programme for Government commitments. Upwards only rents remain in place and SMEs are still unable to access the credit they need to grow their businesses.
“Stimulus remains the key to turning around Ireland’s fortunes. Following governments Budget 2015 announcement later this year Sinn Féin will publish an updated stimulus programme.
“We will also publish a series of policy papers during the half of 2015 on the SME, FDI and construction sectors, social enterprise, entrepreneurs and cooperatives. Balanced regional development will be a focus as will be maximising Irish retailers’ engagement with and benefit from e-commerce.”