Budget 2012, anti-jobs, anti-investment and downright unfair
Peadar Tóibín, Sinn Féin spokesperson for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation said today (Monday 5 December 2011):
“This budget is unfair, anti-jobs and anti-investment. The government already stated that it will cut capital budgets by €750 million, now it will cut an additional €1.4 billion from public spending.
“The government will shed 23,000 public sector jobs. They will take €1.6 billion out of expenditure in flat taxes. That will be €1.6 billion that will not be spent in shops, goods and services. It will cost jobs for our local businesses.
Over the past year, 1,800 businesses have been closed. In the last number of years 55,000 jobs have been lost in the retail sector. Since coming to power this government has stood over increased unemployment and emigration.
“A government that promised so much has now been reduced to relying on emigration to keep down unemployment figures. This government, like its policies, is not working.
“That is a shame and a disgrace. The government had choices to make. It was elected to deliver change. The government says that jobs are a priority yet they are spending over 150 times more on one year’s Anglo Irish Bank promissory note than on job creation or training. It has decided to side with the bondholders and not local business. It has decided to continue with the failed policies of the past.
“Sinn Féin has advocated a policy that would meet the deficit reductions and create growth and employment. The government could have brought forward progressive policies. Instead it has taken money out of the economy and undermined growth.
Le gach deá ghuí,
Peadar Tóibín TD
An Mhí Thiar
Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Enterprise, Jobs and Innovation
Cathaoirleach of the Investigations, Oversight and Petitions Committee
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