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Government must provide employment options for construction workers

10 March, 2008

Sinn Fein TD and spokesperson on Enterprise, Trade and Employment Arthur Morgan has called on the Government to start providing employment options for construction workers, after reports that employment in the sector has fallen by 10% in the last year.

Deputy Morgan said:

"These figures come on the foot of last week's CSO revelations that unemployment rose sharply in February and is well in excess of last year's unemployment statistics.

"The Government has being denying that there is a slowdown in the construction sector but they can't keep to that line in the face of such incontrovertible evidence. It's now time to start providing options for construction workers.

"Sinn Féin wants to see a real investment in upskilling and retraining courses as well as the immediate implementation of the Programme for Government, the infrastructure components of which would provide employment for many construction workers. It is also time for the Government to invest in an ambitious social housing programme to provide jobs and to help clear the 44,000 families on the social housing waiting list." ENDS

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