Eight Point Plan to Save Jobs

FG propose Jobs Plan in the Dáil

Fine Gael will use its private members time this week to put forward its eight point plan to save jobs and to create tens of thousands of placements for the young unemployed, according to Spokesperson for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar. The motion will be debated in the Dáil on Tuesday culminating in a vote on Wednesday night

"Fine Gael is horrified by the Governments 'hands-off' approach to job retention and job creation. Ireland now has the second highest unemployment rate in the Eurozone and over 85,000 people under the age of 25 are now drawing the dole. The sole focus of Government policy has been on the budget and the banks to the detriment of jobs and competitiveness. This needs to change.

"The last two weeks have been dominated by personality politics. It's time to get back to the real issues that impact people on the main street rather than Kildare Street. As a result, Fine Gael will use its private members time this week to put forward some positive ideas to tackle the unemployment crisis. I sincerely hope that the Government will support the motion.

Among the proposals being made by Fine Gael are:

* An across the board cut in the Jobs Tax (employers PRSI) to reduce labour costs and stimulate new job creation
* A National Internship Programme to provide part-time placements in the public service and private sector for young graduates who cannot find jobs
* 10,000 Second Chance Education placements targeted at former construction and retail sector workers who left school early
* A plan to take-on the 7,000 redundant apprentices to build community buildings in order to ensure they can complete their training
* 5,000 additional Community Employment Schemes targeted at the young unemployed
* Introduction of 'Workshare' based on the German 'Kurtzarbeitgeld' system to assist employers to put people on reduced hours rather than making them redundant
* NewEra, Fine Gael's plan to stimulate the economy by re-tooling the semi-states and making them engines for investment and growth

"Fine Gael has the plans for dealing with the jobs crisis and the Government needs to support this motion so we can all work together in getting the 434,700 people back to work".

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