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Salary sharing could ease welfare pressure

THERE seems to be a sense recently that the best thing to do with the unemployed is deportation or elimination of benefits. What is not being said is that many of the unemployed have not been waiting for the internship scheme to escape government rules and red tape, or a job to appear through the work placement programme, but have instead gone out, banging on doors, in attempts to find unpaid employment which will move their lives forward.

Sure, there are people who may do better on welfare (people with children who pay rent) but for anybody with a mortgage, unemployment is not the preferred option.

What about a salary-sharing scheme whereby the employer gets an additional employee but the current employees' salary is cut, though both put in a full working week?

SE Lydon
Wilton, Cork

Irish Independent