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Action Plan for Jobs progress report – heavy on spin, light on jobs - Cullinane

19 July, 2013 - by David Cullinane TD

In response to today’s progress report on the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs, Sinn Féin jobs, enterprise and innovation spokesperson David Cullinane said that important legislation which has not been implemented by the government would have a lasting impact on workers and enterprise.

 Senator Cullinane said:

“Today the government claimed success in the implementation of the Action Plan for jobs and awarded itself an 89% success rate.

“Many of the actions in the plan are just the business of government.

“Equally important pieces of legislation such as Workplace Relations, the Competition and Consumer Bill, the Companies Bill and Bill to replace the County Enterprise Boards with Local Enterprise Offices have still not been completed, although these were all committed to in the Plan from last year.

“These are vital pieces of legislation that are fully within the gift of the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation that if enacted will have a lasting impact on workers and enterprise.

“It is also striking that some original targets in the first action plan have been quietly dropped from the plan, such as ensuring that 50% of all FDI investment would be made outside of Dublin and Cork.

“It should be remembered that when the Taoiseach started this process he set the target of creating 100,000 net additional new jobs in the economy by 2016.  However, since this government came to power over 10,700 net full-time jobs have been lost and replaced by 14,400 part-time job.

“It is clear that the government may award itself an A*.

“But the score by score awarded by our young people forced into emigration, our people left on the long term unemployed and the workers forced onto short hours will award the government a fail.”

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