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Varadkar should not get carried away with Long Term unemployment figures-Brady

29 January, 2017 - by John Brady TD

Sinn Féin Spokesperson for Social Protection John Brady TD has warned Minister Varadkar not to get carried away with figures. 

Speaking in relation to newly released long term unemployment figures Teachta Brady said: 

"It's easy for Minister Varadkar to pat himself on the back today announcing long term unemployment at 4.2%. However, we have to ask ourselves what sort of employment is being taken up.

"There is huge concern with the numbers of people who are underemployed - languishing in part-time jobs, willing to work longer but the hours are not available to them.

"These are people in precarious employment, with zero hour contracts and as a result, have no job security whatsoever.

"In fact, Ireland's rate of underemployment is one of the highest in the European Union. 

"The extent that Family Income Supplement is being used by employers as a top up payment to low wages and low hours for those on low incomes, particularly lone parents, is unknown but exists. 

"Along with that we have job activation schemes, many of which are at the least questionable. 

"When we consider the hundreds of thousands of people who were forced out of the country, those forced into precarious part-time work and those in job activation schemes, the numbers the Minister is trumpeting tell an altogether different story." 

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