Tuesday 24 April 2018

Students and ICTU call for end to jobs 'Lock Out'

Emma Jane Hade

Emma Jane Hade

STUDENT union groups have joined with the Irish Congress of Trade Unions to call on the Government for an end to the 'Lock Out' of young people from the work place in Ireland.

The Union of Students Ireland (USI), the Irish Second Level Student's Union (ISSU) and ICTU all called for a new National Jobs Strategy for young people to address the "youth jobs crisis".

Joe O'Connor of the USI said the lack of Government policies offering young people "genuine opportunities" was responsible for the 35,000 young people that emigrated from Irish shores in the last year.

He added that any drop in the live register has been counterbalanced by the brain drain the country is facing, and said that our "best and brightest are leaving our shores every week". The three bodies, who represent one million people, have produced a publication 'Locked Out: Investing in a Future for Youth', which calls for major State investment in the European Youth Guarantee scheme.

Mr O'Connor said Ireland needs to make a strong investment in this structure, as opposed to a "token gesture".

The USI leader called on Government "to stop talking" and for all departments to join discussions to secure a positive future for Ireland's youth.

'Locked Out: Investing in a Future for Youth' launched in Dublin Institute of Technology yesterday, with calls for greater job stimulus and a legal framework for work placements.

Lorraine Mulligan of ICTU said she feared young people at work may be "putting up with a lot", due to the jobs crisis. "They should have proper terms and conditions of employment, proper contracts," she added.

Irish Independent

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