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JobBridge programme filling vacancies on the cheap – Ó Snodaigh

13 October, 2011 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD


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For immediate release 13 October 2011:

JobBridge programme filling vacancies on the cheap – Ó Snodaigh

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Social Protection Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD used his priority question time in the Dáil today to ask Minister Joan Burton if she has actually looked at the JobBridge website herself “to see the sort of so-called opportunities being promoted by the Government under the guise of internships”.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said that in just five minutes browsing the JobBridge website on Wednesday he found eleven advertisements that he said were “dressed up in fancy language to give the impression that a meaningful internship is involved but are really just ways to fill vacancies on the cheap”.

He accused the Minister of failing to prevent the job displacement and exploitation that were inevitable outcomes of the scheme.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:

“I spent just five minutes browsing the JobBridge website yesterday and I found eleven new, completely objectionable advertisements.

“These internships, which clearly displace what should be real jobs and wages and exploit people, include posts such as retail assistants, car valets, catering assistants and general maintenance assistants.

“The posts advertised are all dressed up in fancy language to give the impression that a meaningful internship is involved. But even a cursory look quickly dispels any illusions. They are really just ways to fill vacancies on the cheap.

“For example – a retail sales assistant post based in Waterford city claims the intern will ‘be trained in the use of the highly specialised Microsoft RMS software used for point of sale’. Microsoft’s own website says the RMS software package ‘enables your employees to learn point of sale procedures in minutes’.

“In minutes – not 30 hours a week over nine months.

“Some employers are using the JobBridge scheme to avoid paying people to undertake the standard functions on which their business and profits depend. And the design of the scheme facilitates this outrageous exploitation.

“The JobBridge scheme is a giant disincentive to job creation. Why would an employer create a real job when they can exploit cheap labour courtesy of the government.” ENDS

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