Launch of 'decent job' survey at Jack's office
Young people 'can't win' in the work and rental market, according to Labour's Jack O'Connor, launching a Bray campaign office and 'decent job survey' on Monday evening.
The online survey is being carried to highlight the correlation between low quality jobs and dependence on rented accommodation at rapidly escalating prices, among younger workers.
'It's a vicious circle for many of our young people,' said party chairman and Dáil candidate for Wicklow Jack O'Connor, who said that people are being ripped off at work and at home.
The former Siptu president was selected in April to run for the party in the next general election.
'They are unable to obtain permanent jobs on good pay. Therefore they can't get a mortgage, or even a car loan for that matter.'
The survey is available at jackoconnor.ie.
'Young people are competing in the rental market at prices which are escalating at rates dramatically in excess of pay levels or general inflation. They can't win,' said Mr O'Connor.
He said that there are no wholly reliable statistics on the extent of precarious, insecure jobs.
'Many of our young people are forced to accept temporary, part time and often zero hours or "if and when" jobs, which are for the most part poorly paid, even though they have studied hard to obtain educational qualifications.'
The most authentic study was produced by the Loughlinstown based EU agency Eurofound, according to Mr O'Connor.
According to a report published in 2016, based on 2015 research, it concluded that no less than 46 per cent of those at work under the age of 35, were employed on 'non -standard' contracts of employment.
'While things must have improved since as a result of the economic recovery, it is nonetheless a shocking statistic,' said Mr O'Connor.
The office is at the SIPTU building at 7 Marine Terrace, Strand Road, Bray.