Too early for fanfares on jobs front

Fall in jobless numbers welcome, but no sign of a real strategy on jobs from this government says Tynan

The Workers Party have said that it is far too early for the government to be welcoming falls in the unemployment Live Register with fanfares and euphoria.

Cork Workers Party Councillor Ted Tynan said that while the decrease of 6,000 in the October unemployment figures was to be welcomed, it is not clear how much of this fall is due to emigration and there is still 70 times this number of people signing on every week.

“It is a bit soon for the Taoiseach and his ministers to hail this as the beginning of the end of the unemployment crisis or even as light at the end of the tunnel.  We still have almost half a million people, many of them young, highly educated and talented, without jobs and we have many thousands more forced into low paid, dead end jobs”, said Cllr. Tynan.

The Workers’ Party councillor said that there was still no serious job creation plan coming from government and that it could not simply rely on a gradual turn-around of the economy.  “We need a definite jobs strategy, we need serious jobs targets and we need to see action”, said Cllr. Tynan.

Issued 3rd November 2010

Peace, Work, Democracy & Class Politics