Increase in numbers at work welcome but work must pay – Quinlivan
Sinn Féin spokesperson on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Maurice Quinlivan TD has given a cautious welcome to the announcement that the number of people working in the state is now at two million.
Speaking in response to figures released from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) showing an annual increase in employment in the second quarter of 2016 Deputy Quinlivan said:
“Clearly it is good news that the number of people at work is at its highest since 2008.
“Today’s figures show two million people at work and a fall in unemployment by 23,400 or 11.1 per cent in the 12 months to the end of June.
“Employment increased in 12 of the 14 economic sectors covered by the CSO with the largest rates of increase in administrative and support service sectors, including construction.
“It’s important to remember that while the figures are promising they are limited in what they tell us.
“For example we know there are huge problems in the construction industry with bogus self-employment, and that workers in the hotel and hospitality sector have the some of the worst pay and conditions in the labour market.
“What we need are decent jobs with good pay and working conditions. We cannot have jobs at any cost and work must pay.
“A sustainable labour market is about more than number crunching and raw data.
“We have a huge problem with low pay, under-employment, long term unemployment and precarious work.
“These issues must be tackled if we are to have genuine economic recovery and a labour market that works in the interest of everyone.”