Monday 19 February 2018

Water meter installer defends JobBridge ad

Greg Harkin

A BUSINESSMAN has defended advertising for two water meter installers on the Government's controversial JobBridge scheme.

John Reddy hit back at Sinn Fein politicians who have used the advert to criticise the Government and Irish Water.

"That's the problem with this country; you can't try to create jobs and if you do, you get criticised for it," said Mr Reddy, who runs Culdaff Agri & Plant Hire in Co Donegal.

Mr Reddy is creating six jobs, two of them on JobBridge – an internship scheme where employees are given €50 per week on top of their dole.

"I will have four qualified men and we are looking for two others to train up and if they do well it is my intention to keep them on after the nine months is up," he said.

"We have a contract to install water meters and I am trying to run a viable business, that's all," he added.

His comments come just a week after it emerged 58 teaching positions have been taken up under JobBridge, and the country's biggest education unions ordered members not to take jobs on the internship scheme.

Donegal County Councillor Jack Murray from Sinn Fein said the use of "cheap labour" to install water meters was "disgusting".

"Phil Hogan initially dressed this up saying that it would create 1,600 jobs. Some people were even encouraged to pay €600 to be trained to install water meters. Now, however, we see that not all of these people will earn a decent wage," he said.

Irish Independent

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