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Sinn Féin calls on Taoiseach to intervene to save Jobs Initiative

27 August, 2003

Sinn Féin TDs have called on the Taoiseach to heed the calls by community groups to withdraw plans by FÁS to lay off more than 100 workers on the Government-backed employment scheme, the Jobs Initiative.

As Jobs Initiative workers ended a 24-hour hunger strike at Dublin's GPO today (Wednesday), under the banner of 'Save Our Jobs', Sinn Féins five Dáil deputies said:

"Many of these jobs are with community-based organisations in the Taoiseach's own constituency and he must be aware of the impact these cuts will have not just on the individual Jobs Initiative workers and their families but on their communities and the grassroots services they help to sustain.

"These lay-offs are budget cuts for the sake of seeming to cut budgets with no regard to the social implications on people who want to work and provide services to their communities.

"We call on the Government to rescind the threat hanging over Jobs Initiative workers."ENDS

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