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JobPath privatisation is the stuff of nightmares for the unemployed – Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

10 October, 2014 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Sinn Féin Social Protection Spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD has said that Minister Joan Burton’s decision to begin privatising social protection services will quickly become a nightmare for the unemployed and community-based services.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh was responding to the news that the Government has chosen its preferred operators for the JobPath scheme.

He said;

“The evidence from overseas proves that outsourcing schemes similar to JobPath have been an expensive disaster for the state, for those furthest from the labour market and for the existing not-for-profit activation infrastructure.

“There are concerns that are widespread across Local Development Companies, Partnerships, LESs and Job Clubs, all of which currently have a community focus and social ethos, that they will be forced to compete with each other and become subcontractors to profit-focused Multi-National Corporations or face extinction once JobPath gets underway.

“Minister Burton has claimed that her intention is for JobPath to complement the existing services.  However, she has failed to outline clearly her intentions with regard to the future role of those services. The JobPath scheme itself assigns their very client base to the private providers.

This is part of the Minister’s wider plan to privatise social protection services. Sinn Féin is completely opposed to this agenda."

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