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Morgan demands Government tackle 20,000 job losses in Construction Sector

25 September, 2007

Speaking following the news that 20,000 construction workers could lose their jobs over the next two years, Sinn Fein TD and spokesperson on workers' rights Arthur Morgan has called on the Government to ensure that targeted training strategies and life-long learning education programmes are implemented to ensure the future employability of these workers.

Deputy Morgan said:

"According to the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government's Review of the Construction Industry 2006 and Outlook for 2007-2009, employment numbers in the construction sector are set to fall by 20,000 jobs due to a predicted decline in house building over the next two years.

"A small percentage of these workers will obtain alternative employment elsewhere in the sector but the reality for the majority of labourers is that they will be left jobless unless ready access to up-skilling or retraining in alternative employment is made available.

"Sinn Fein is calling on the relevant Government departments and agencies to identify other sectors that are also vulnerable to job losses so that a pre-emptive strategy can be put in place to transform the construction sector and most importantly unemployment numbers can be minimised.

"Government must also ensure the implementation of targeted training strategies and life-long learning education programmes to ensure that workers are given the skills they need to gain employment in sectors other than the construction industry.

"Fianna Fáil has created this impending instability through its cash cow approach to the Irish economy. It is the responsibility of this government to ensure that the 20,000 construction workers due to lose their jobs over the next two years are not left on the scarp heap." CRÍOCH

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