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Holland welcomes JobBridge scrapping

24 May, 2016 - by Sarah Holland

Cllr Sarah Holland has welcomed the news that JobBridge is to be scrapped, saying it was exploitative and unfair.

New Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar has announced that the scheme would be scrapped by September.

Cllr Holland said

“Simply put, JobBridge allowed employers to avoid paying people a full weeks wages for a full weeks work.

“Sinn Féin opposed this scheme from the beginning and we will be sending details of our party proposals to the Minister for consideration.

“We want job activation schemes which are open to all unemployed, including those not on the live register, and which offer meaningful training opportunities and the chance of an actual job – less than a third of JobBridge participants were given full time work as a result of the scheme and we saw companies blatantly exploiting it as a way of dodging wages.

 “Sinn Féin and our alliance colleagues on South Dublin County Council supported calls from trade unions to create real jobs and we called time and time again for expansions of apprenticeship programs and Community Employment schemes.

“We are well rid of JobBridge and the fact that this scheme facilitated modern day serfdom should not be forgotten in a hurry – hopefully the Government learns from this mistake and starts to respect our workforce.”

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