JobBridge 2.0 will not stop worker exploitation – Brady
Sinn Féin Social Protection spokesperson John Brady TD has today responded to the latest news in relation to the planned scheme to repackage the failed JobBridge scheme. His comments come as Minister Varadkar was unable to even clarify whether or not interns, under this new replacement scheme, will earn more than €52 per week.
Deputy Brady said:
“Minister Varadkar has been very vague on what his plans are to replace the failed JobBridge scheme with. However, given his recent comments in relation to the new scheme it does not appear that interns on the scheme will be any better off than they were on JobBridge.
“While I have welcomed the news that JobBridge will be scrapped, replacing it with something much the same is simply not good enough.
“Sinn Féin has put forward an alternative which would allow for tailored internship programmes with meaningful learning opportunities. Our document was sent to Minister Varadkar to consider.
“It envisages a considerable increase in the range of apprenticeships available. The model we propose would not displace apprenticeships, paid in-work training or jobs. It would provide those genuinely in need of some work experience worthwhile learning opportunities.
“Tailored internships would be developed sector by sector in full co-operation with trade unions and Education and Training Boards.
“We propose an internship scheme focused on getting people back to work, bringing our young people home and supporting jobseekers to attain real quality jobs.
“Sinn Féin’s proposals maximise decent pay for decent work and ensure that workers are not left vulnerable to exploitation.”
Note: Sinn Féin proposal can be seen here: https://www.sinnfein.ie/files/2015/JobBridge_Feb18_Web.pdf