The number one priority must be the creation of decent jobs with decent pay, and a real commitment to our SME sector. 70% of people employed in the private sector work for SMEs, and these businesses are the engine of our economy. Opening up public procurement, maximising the potential of ecommerce and abolishing upward only rents are just some of the ways government could and should make it easier to do business in Ireland.
Despite all the governments spin unemployment remains high with hundreds of thousands of people on the dole. Thousands more young people are still leaving in their droves because of poor opportunities, low wages and a lack of access to housing and childcare. This is creating a skills crisis for the future, and families left devastated at home.
We have one of the highest rates of low pay in the developed world. 20% of our workers are in low paid jobs and 50% of women are currently earning €20,000 or less a year. Employment continues to fall in the West of Ireland with fewer people in jobs than when Fine Gael and Labour entered government. Sinn Féin has introduced legislation to protect workers rights and entitlements, to abolish upward only rents and stop the worst expression of vulture capitalism as we’ve seen recently at Clerys.
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Despite all the rhetoric of recovery there is crisis of low pay and underemployment on this island. Growing numbers of workers are facing poverty and homelessness despite having a job. In this 2015 document we propose to tackle this crisis trough a five pillar approach including pay rates, taxation, social welfare, public services and industrial relations mechanisms.
The coming election will be about who can deliver a fair recovery for all our citizens. At present we have parties that imposed austerity, punished those most in need and are now claiming a one sided and unfair recovery. Sinn Féin offers a republican vision of Ireland, deliverable policies for a fair recovery and a new form of politics. An Irish language version of this document is also available here.
Almost 70% of people employed in Ireland are employed in Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). The greatest potential for jobs growth is within the SME sector. In this 2014 document, Sinn Féin outlined 10 steps to effectively assist SMEs to develop and create jobs now.
View and share the document in PDF Booklet format here.
Seven years after the onset of the economic crisis, some progress has been made in instilling better corporate governance on State boards. However, there remains a worrying lack of State imposed standards, and monitoring of those standards, for company boards. This 2014 document outlines 5 clear proposals to promote better, accountable and transparent governance.
The JobBridge internship scheme displaces paid work, depresses job creation, facilitates wage avoidance, puts good employers at a competitive disadvantage and normalises work for little or no pay. In this 2015 document, we propose to end JobBridge and set out viable and achievable alternatives.
Sinn Féin believes that it is imperative people with disabilities are not left behind as the labour market begins to recover. In this 2015 document we propose a series of actions that could be undertaken immediately to support people with disabilities who wish to work to overcome some of the barriers to employment that they face.