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PQ response shows public sector jobs replaced by JobBridge cheap labour – O Snodaigh

13 November, 2013 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD


"Rather than shamefully undermining jobs and conditions of employment in the public sector what we want the Government and the Labour Party to do is ease the recruitment embargo to allow for the recruitment of frontline staff where they are so obviously needed."

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Social Protection, Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD has accused the Labour Party of "shamefully undermining jobs and conditions of employment".  He was speaking today after receiving a breakdown of JobBridge figures from the office of the Minister for Social Protection.  He said the "scandalous figures" show that real jobs in the public sector are being replaced by cheap labour provided by JobBridge interns.

The Dublin South-Central TD said:

“Responses to Sinn Féin parliamentary questions show that almost 5,000 real jobs in the public sector have been substituted with cheap interns under the JobBridge scheme. Three local authorities are particularly guilty of this displacement.

“Almost one in four JobBridge internships is taking place in the public sector. The 4,944 JobBridge interns engaged by public sector bodies are doing work that should be undertaken by properly paid employees. This is 100% displacement of real jobs. They have no hope of gaining employment with their host at the end of their internship because the recruitment embargo prohibits it.

“Almost 60% of JobBridge participants in the public sector do not go on to gain any type of paid employment in any sector after their internship.

“Galway, Donegal and Cork County councils are particularly guilty of exploiting the scheme to compensate for government imposed funding shortfalls and the recruitment embargo using 81, 84 and 100 free interns respectively. Compared to 14, 12 and 9 which is the number of JobBridge interns used by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown, Fingal and South Dublin County Councils respectively.

"These are scandalous figures. They represent an outrageous undermining of jobs that Minister Burton and the Labour party are actively complicit in. Rather than shamefully undermining jobs and conditions of employment in the public sector what we want the Government and the Labour Party to do is ease the recruitment embargo to allow for the recruitment of frontline staff where they are so obviously needed."

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