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Live Register Figures show casualization of workforce now entrenched - Tóibín

4 March, 2015

Sinn Féin Jobs Spokesperson Peadar Tóibín today called on the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation to extend the remit of the Low Pay Commission to consider the high levels of part time and casual work now entrenched in the labour market.

The Meath West TD said:

“Low paid insecure work has become entrenched in the labour market under Labour and Fine Gael’s watch. Figures released today by the CSO show that one in five people signing on is in casual or part time work. 

“Ireland has one of the highest rates of low pay in the OECD countries and of underemployment in the EU, yet the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation has limited the remit of the Low Pay Commission to focus on the minimum wage. This is a wasted opportunity, and fails to take into account the lessons learnt from the British Low Pay Commission.

“Despite the slight fall in numbers on the live register 355,600 people are still signing on and 45% of those have been signing on for over a year. If we add those on activation schemes and the 65s and over in receipt of a jobseekers payment or credit, the numbers increase to 448,230, or 20% of the current labour force. 

“Any fall in the live register is to be welcomed but if government continues to bury its head in the sand on the scale of the decrease and the type of employment being created they will fail to put in place the correct political and policy solutions to secure a recovery based on decent sustainable jobs.” 

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