Taoiseach Enda Kenny will hold a special Cabinet meeting this week on job creation. In a spat in the Dail last week he rounded on independent TD Clare Daly for her temerity in questioning the government’s commitment to solving the unemployment crisis in Ireland.
“Do you think no one over here [on the Government side] recognises the scale of the challenge for Europe, where 26 million people are unemployed? Have you not heard me say on many occasions that no leader in Europe could be proud of this situation?”
Well Mr. Kenny, here at http://www.icanwork4u.com we are waiting with bated breath to see what your cabinet ‘think-tank’ comes up with. While we commend you for the expansion of the Job Bridge program and the new JobPlus program, both of which focus on getting jobs for people who are over one year on the dole, ie. those who are long-term unemployed, we cannot help but wonder what, if any assistance is being given to people who are either recently unemployed, or who were once self-employed and are now unemployed or under-employed?
Our experience at iCanWork4u shows that there are many, many people out there who were recently self-employed, who today are unable to find full-time or part-time work through the usual channels, head-hunders, recruitment agencies and back-to-work agencies such as FAS etc. Many more people are signing on for social welfare assistance but are working one or two days in order to boost their income, maintain their skills, or keep their resumes current.
At http://www.icanwork4u.com we sincerely wish you well in your endeavours to get Ireland back to work and we pledge our help, through our icanwork4u website to help in any way we can, helping employers find employees, and vice versa, using our free service. There are many other like-minded individuals and agencies who are willing and able to help, but who for the most part are excluded from government plans and schemes. Could we humbly suggest that you harness the good will of such people, including ourselves at icanwork4u, to assist you in ‘getting Ireland back to work’. The ‘top-down’ initiatives are fine, but there are lots of willing hands and many great ideas out there – all you have to do is ask, Enda! We, ‘the people’ would like to help.