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Low paid insecure work entrenched in Ireland's labour market – Tóibín

25 June, 2015

Responding to today’s Central Statistics Office Data on jobs, Sinn Féin’s Peadar Tóibín said whilst employment is up, numbers working are still below 2009 figures and precarious work remains entrenched in Ireland’s labour market.  

The Sinn Féin Jobs Spokesperson said:

“It is good news that the jobs total is rising. But we are still a long way from a full recovery or a fair one. The total numbers in employment now are still below where we were in the desperate days of 2009.

“One third of part time workers want to take up full time employment, a figure that has doubled since 2009. Low paid insecure work has become entrenched in Ireland’s labour force under Fine Gael and Labour watch; today’s CSO figures are just the latest data set to confirm this.  

“The number of workers who take up temporary work because they cannot find a permanent job has also steadily increased, rising from 42.4% in 2011 to 71.9% in 2015.

“There are also still too many people forced to work part-time because the full-time jobs just aren’t there. The Fine Gael/Labour government like to boast about jobs. But they are failing to secure a full recovery, or indeed a fair one.”

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