By Paul Murphy TD “The reality is that a small clique of hard-left, Trotskyite politicians, who are quite…
JobBridge, the flagship free labour scheme, is to be scrapped. However, the welfare-to-work edifice and ideology which it was part of remains and needs to be torn down.
The Youth Guarantee was the crowning achievement of the Irish Presidency of the EU in 2013. The Labour Party have hailed it from the rooftops, Emer Costello MEP, has even gone to the bother of holding meetings around the city to promote it. But what does it really guarantee?
As if JobBridge wasn’t bad enough, the government will this year start to roll out their Gateway scheme and hope to have it fully operational by next year.
The government’s real response to unemployment is two-pronged: forced emigration and using mass unemployment to try to drive down wages and conditions.
The latest Live Register figures from the CSO for December showed a fall of 3,300 signing on, making it the 18th consecutive month where a fall has been recorded. The unemployment rate currently stands at 12.4%.