“The Coalition’s focus on jobs will be “relentless”. The Live Register shouldn’t be seen as a list of people who should be discarded”
Taoiseach Enda Kenny will hold a special Cabinet meeting today, July 18, on job creation. Hopefully there will be some more meat on this story when the Press Conference is held later today. At iCanWork4U we see the devastation and depression caused by unemployment every day. We believe that it is high time to think way outside the box to tackle the rising level of unemployment in Ireland and the EU. In our opinion, simply throwing more money at light-touch or passive and unimaginative initiatives will not break the cycle, create jobs and get the youth of Ireland on the payroll and off the emigration ship or plane.
In a spat in the Dail last week he admonished independent TD Clare Daly for having the temerity to criticise 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 and JobPlus programs, which focuses on getting jobs for people who are over one year on the dole, and we support the idea of tapering off the ‘dole benefits’ like rent allowances etc for people coming back into employment, coming off the long-term Live Register, we cannot help but wonder what, if any assistance is being given to the ordinary unemployed, the folks 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 very, 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, headhunters, 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 your government’s 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’. Include us, ‘We the People’ in your talks about solving the unemployment problem at this morning’s Cabinet meeting.