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Government job strategy a ‘hollow election promise’ - Toibín

14 January, 2015

Sinn Féin TD Peadar Tóibín has described the Taoiseach and Tánaiste’s promise on jobs for 2015 as a hollow 2016 election promise with both government parties yet again over promising and under delivering. 

The Sinn Féin Jobs Spokesperson said:

“Back in 2011 Labour and Fine Gael promised to deliver 100,000 jobs but we know from the latest CSO figures they are 40,000 jobs behind in meeting their 2011 target.

“Whilst new employment has increased over the last four years the rate of growth in many parts of the state is glacial, and in others it has actually declined in the last year. 

“Many of the so called new jobs created are on Job Activation Programmes and for every job created under this government’s watch five people have emigrated. Unemployment would tip 20% if both were included.

“There are 48,500 fewer under 35s employed since Labour and Fine Gael took up office and roughly one in four under-25s are still out of work”.

 “Ireland has the third highest rate of underemployment in the EU and the second highest percentage of low-paying jobs amongst the OECD countries. There is no sense of urgency amongst cabinet Ministers on the issue of low pay which will undermine the fundamentals of the recovery. Low paid workers don’t need another government talking shop, they need action on secure hours and fair pay. 

“We have witnessed only 58,600 net new jobs created since 2011. To reach the Taoiseach’s target of an additional 173,100 net new jobs by 2018, 43,000 net new jobs need to be created every year for the next four years. Enda Kenny and Joan Burton are cynically overpromising before the election cycle begins or they are living on cloud Cuckoo Land. 

“Enterprise would be better served with actual help in tackling energy, banking, legal and rent costs. Workers would gain more with an ecommerce strategy that would recover the €6bn worth of online sales currently going outside the state.

“The people of Ireland would be better served with a resourced infrastructural investment plan than a hyperbolic election promise.  Proper regionally balanced enterprise development will put more food on the table than vacant government press statements.”  

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