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calamity Mary takes a vow

according to the press association Tanaiste Mary Coughlan (calamity Mary )has vowed to deliver on plans to create more than 100,000 new jobs from foreign investors. IDA Ireland aims to lure hundreds of overseas firms over the next four years, with more than half to be based outside Dublin and Cork. The target was included in an estimate by Fas and the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) that 250,000 extra jobs would be generated by 2015.

Now that is 20,000 jobs a year for the next 5 years right? Calamity wants to deliver, wrong!

What will happens is this, 65,000people will emigrate

Plus we already have 500,000 now unemployed and in 5 years time we will have a minimum of another 250,000 jobs going from these shores

Of 50,000 new workers coming from the various educational instustions every year with no jobs to go to and with the economy contracting because of the credit crunch that will have to continue at least for the next 10 years.

 I can’t see what difference this promise will make. When the last time a politician’s promise was was actually delivered on?

Never baring in mind this minster sat back and allowed 800 jobs disappear that we know of!

Cuts at the national training budget at FAS, (and I have personally experienced this).

Ever since she became minster two and a half years ago, we still have no jobs stimulus and the unemployed are thrown on the scrapheap

This is the last person we should rely on to kick start the jobs market!

we want action on Jobs now and not empty promises!

it’s time for the unemployed to unite under one banner and create  a union for the unemployed

get up and take action to-day!

Work Placement Program Follow Up

Work Placement Program Follow up.

No Pay for the Unemployed

Following up from my morning’s letter to you I now discover, senior civil servants will not bear the full brunt of the promised cuts that were announced around the last Budget by the Minister

These servants of the people will get to keep up to 14 thousand euro, how many more FAS courses could be created with this money?

How can you now justify these new adjustments robbing the unemployed of a wage for a solid days work?

The Unemployed will not just sit down and be walked all over in this manor!

We want jobs and emergency up skilling measures now not rhetoric!

Forget the minimum wage and work for nothing!

Work Placement Program (WPP)

Languishing on the Dole for the last 12 months and not in receipt of any payments (because I was self-employed) I heard about this program, and thought I would go down to the local FAS office here in Wicklow Town and enquire about this possibility for myself!

As usual I was met with the usual courtesy .The FAS officer reminded me that they were always available, no appointment was necessary and we got down to business

I wanted to know if there was a possibility I could take advantage of this program.

Cheerfully she informed me I would be eligible for this program (now we are getting places I thought!)

Then out of the blue I was told that whilst I could theoretically get a placing for up to nine months in a company, I would be working without pay for those nine months.

As I am not in receipt of any payments from the department of social welfare or FAS itself.

I would not receive any funds from these state bodies nor would I receive any payment from the company I was working for!

So we have now reached the bottom in the Irish labour market, forget the minimum wage, with the new changes to the FAS rules at the last budget in December.

Brian Lenihian now expects the unemployed to work for nothing!

The sense of injustice is just sickening, as I have worked all my life and paid my taxes and yet I see people who have not contributed to the state collect payments!

It’s almost a crime to be Irish in Ireland now! FAS may not have any more money to pay

For the training and up skilling of the unemployed as a result of their incompetence

And questionable financial practices.

I appeal to the minster concerned to ratify this obvious abuse of the Unemployed and I call on all TD’s to demand that this practice be immediately revoked

I particularly call on the local TD’s for my area, to publicly show their support for the unemployed of Wicklow and support this petition.

Liz McManus TD liz.mcmanus@oireachtas.ie,

Joe Behan TD joe.behan@oireachtas.ie

Andrew Doyle andrew.doyle@finegael.ie

Billy Timmins billy.timmins@oireachtas.ie

Dick Roche dick.roche@oireachtas.ie


NAMA Fraud!

 

We the people must not let the Gangsters in the Dail and the Banks get away with the massive fraud they intend to carry out under the Guise of NAMA

This is our money that is going down the Toilet; the Golden circle is still living the High life while the rest of us are languishing in Negative Equity, lying on trolleys in hospitals, standing in the ever growing Dole queues and heading for the Boat or the Airport

There is another way stand up and fight back get on to the streets ,organize in your own local areas and help maintain a permanent demonstration outside the Dail ,the head offices of the Banks, the Treasury Building and the Department of Finance.

Don’t just talk about it do something, help bring our grievances to the streets

I’m’ ready are you?

Reply from Tanaiste’s office

Tanaiste@entemp.ie to me

show details 2:24 PM (2 hours ago)

in reply to my posting 

Unemployment figures & the FAS Con!

Dear Mr. Clarke,

I wish to acknowledge receipt of your email. I will bring it to the Tánaiste’s attention.

Yours sincerely,

Leigh Snedker

Tánaiste’s Office

Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment

23 Kildare Street

Dublin 2

Irish Live Register

Irish Live Register: Rises 3,300 to 426,700 in December; 133,577 added in 2009; Unemployment rate still set to peak in summer 2010

 


Source: CSO

Taken from Finfacts Team
Jan 8, 2010 – 12:30:04 PM

Irish Live Register: The seasonally adjusted Live Register total increased from 423,400 in November to 426,700 in December, an increase of 3,300, according to the CSO.  In 2009 there was an unadjusted increase in the Live Register of 133,577(+46.1%). This compares with an increase of 119,642 (+70.2%) in 2008. The unemployment rate still set to peak in summer 2010.
 
January of this year has represented the spike in claimant increases in any month, with a record 33,000, or 11.3%, rise – – 26,700 additions in February, 20,000 in March; 15,800 in April; 13,500 in May; 11,400 in June; 10,500 in July; 5,400 in August and 600 in September.

The total fell 3,000 in October. and rose 900 in November.

There was an annual increase of 88,273 (+45.4%) in the number of males on the Live Register in 2009 and a corresponding increase of 45,304 (+47.5%) in the number of females.

I have being unemployed since January last year 2009

I was told at the Dole office as I was self-employed for the past few years I was not entitled to any state benefits, no Jobseekers allowance, and I did not need to register every week.

so go and don’t bother us again attitude !

Since I do not qualify for the jobseekers allowance, it would appear that I do not show up as unemployed in the CSO stats.

So now extrapolate this fact to the approximately 65, 000 thousand or so other X self-employed people. Who lost their self support means they had.

These would be chippies, electricians, brick layers and people who have lost their own businesses

And you begin to get the real unemployment figures.

Like every other government in the world this government is fiddling the real figures

I would estimate the real unemployment figures are close to 536,000 Thousand.

The greatest scam is that I paid all my taxes and paid into the PRSI, I also paid all taxes for my staff and I end up with no entitlements!

The lesson here is don’t set up yourself in Business in Ireland

Just go out and try to get a job in the public service

There are approximately 360,000 thousand lucky people already looked after for life.

But if you take in the now subsidized financial sector, and the thousands of guanos and advisers

We must be looking at 600.000 thousand plus.

Every time you here someone talking about the good job the government is doing just ask the question who is paying their salaries, inevitably it is the taxpayers!

Nothing is going to change for the Unemployed unless they get out on to the streets and take action themselves

Join the union for the unemployed

Demand jobs now and not empty promises

Join the CAB to-day

Sign  up and demand an emergency jobs creation and up-skilling program for the unemployed to-day!

 


march against Government policies (1)

 

Caption taken from

www.Independent.ie

 

UP to 75,000 yesterday took to the streets to protest at €4bn in proposed Budget cuts — but the only thing that had changed by last night was that the country was €70m deeper in debt.

And Taoiseach Brian Cowen and his Cabinet insisted the Government would press ahead with the cuts in the Budget.

Last night, Mr. Cowen’s spokesman said the march would not shrink the gaping hole in the public finances.

When the marches were over, Defense Minister Willie O’Dea told the Irish Independent that the Government still had to take the difficult decisions.

 

Everybody seems to have forgotten who it was that got us into this mess in the first place .Mr.Cowen and Mr.Lenihan and the their Green Lackeys are responsible and when and not if the fireworks get started the people will hopefully get justice

The corrupt bankers and the incompetence of the financial regulator’s office must be addressed as well

We must take back all the golden handshakes that were given out to these crooks and criminal precautions must be sought

All bankers that were involved must be stripped of their pensions and other assets and these given back to the people who have lost their jobs and pensions

These fraudsters should be on trial for treason and the loss financial independence of Ireland

If the Government is looking for money they should go to the Irish permanent they have 7,000,000,000:00 sloshing  around to help out friends in distress!


To All TD’s

Give us jobs, results, not SoundBits!


The Government is busy telling us, they must fix the banking system first and then the finances of the country

This is all well and dandy but what about the likes of the hundreds of thousands of people like me who are unemployed?

Mr Cowen got up in the Dail yesterday and told the people that FAS was delivering courses for the unemployed. This is not what my personal experience shows

FAS was to do a course on web design ,starting on Sep 28th ,I applied for this course in February ,I heard nothing until I complained about the lack of information to FAS and I was called to an assessment exam just two weeks before the course was to begin

Here I was told that the course I was supposed to attend was no longer available; it was cancelled just like that

The FAS teacher went on to tell approximately 28 other people in the class that FAS was cancelling many more courses because of their budget problems

We were then told that the original course was now just 12 weeks (instead of 37 weeks ) and that the modules that were taken out were now included in the new requirements all candidates would have to have to attend the NEW 12 week course

All they did was to cut the original course from 37 weeks to 12 weeks to save money

Needless to say I was not successful in getting on to the new course because of these late changes!

I have heard from FAS in the last week informing me of a part  time course again which is of no use to me as it will not result in me getting any job

What a Joke cutting courses when they should be putting on more courses that have real job’s prospects at the end of such courses

We need Jobs and not time wasting courses that are just filling in the rhetoric of out of touch politicians

An educated, available workforce, is more likely to be offered jobs

We need up skilling and re-education as a matter of national emergency

Where do we fit into your National Emergency Plan???

Dear Minster

 

Dear Minster

Having recently failed to get a FAS course on website development and having waited 9 months to hear that that course was cancelled I heard to-day from my local FAS office (Wicklow Town FAS)

Thanks to very professional front line staff at this office my letter to you, might have a lot more fire in it to say the least.

It came across like I was offered a consolation prize, of a part-time evening course (non payable)

An introduction to the web, a course I believe I am overqualified to attend and I would not want to take this place away from somebody who would need this place ,the FAS official agreed with me on that point!

With my last experience still fresh in my mind I proceeded to tell the FAS official that I was not sure that I could thrust in the course information as they seem to change these courses at will and by the time I would again go to start the course the criteria may have changed again

The people running FAS are completely out of touch with the needs of their would be students

Cancelling a course that had an obvious demand is just sheer incompetence

It’s not cutting courses they should be doing but increasing such Courses

The course I was applying for was for 37 weeks the course ended up as a 12 week course and the bits they took out became a new requirement for the bewildered students applying for the course yes the very subject matter we were supposed to be taught became a qualification to attend the course and this information was disclosed to us on the very day we were to sit an aptitude test

Nine months after I first applied for the course, and just 2 weeks before the new redefined course was to start.

I am still expected to pay my mortgage and pay al the house hold bills, without any help from the State I am fast running down my life’s savings, having wasted 9 months waiting for FAS to get its act together

What a farcical way to run a training agency!

Somebody can’t tell their face from their A***

With the state of this organisation it is no wonder that the country is in the mess it is in, heads should roll at the top of this incompetent organisation

I am calling on the Minster to take action now to resolve the obvious shortcomings within the FAS structure and to introduce new courses that would give the likes of myself, and others, a new future in the supposedly smart economy

I am beginning to think that there is institutional ageism in FAS

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