Youth Guarantee shortfall highlighted by trade unions- Lynn Boylan MEP
Dublin Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan has commented on the latest report on the Youth Guarantee from Europe. The report is critical of the Irish governments implementation of the programme.
Speaking today from Strasbourg Ms. Boylan said:
“This trade union report highlights a number of inadequacies in the implementation of the Youth Guarantee that have also been highlighted by myself in the past,namely the issue of the quality of employment on offer and job precariousness. The report notes that the Irish Government did not consider precariousness as important. This is hard to fathom when you look at Ireland's record internationally on low pay and underemployment.
"With almost a quarter of our young people unemployed, those who manage to find work are very often expected to accept these part-time, low paid and insecure jobs. I have stated previously that in order to address youth unemployment, we must provide our young people with real options for their careers including properly paid apprenticeships.
It is difficult to see how this government can restore apprenticeship figures to pre recession numbers when they have still not reversed their decision to introduce apprenticeship fees.
"SIPTU, the union consulted in this report have called for greater trade union participation in the implementation, management and evaluation of the Youth Guarantee. They have also recommended that some aspects of the current Youth Guarantee setting should be improved, including extending the eligible age limit to thirty and utilising additional resources to include vulnerable young people. .
Sinn Féin drew attention to this deficitin the programme on numerous occasions. I call again on Minister Burton to review the implementation of the Youth Guarantee as youngpeople with disabilities,lone-parents and carers have limited or no access to the programme.