On the Jobs plan program the main planks seem to be,
* Initiate a long-term strategy to develop new markets in emerging economies;
(Sounds like a new quango been set up (Jobs for insiders and friends of friends)
* Abolish the €3 per passenger travel tax as part of a deal with airlines to restore lost routes;
(I think they would be better off paying every person that emigrates to stay away)
*15,000 places in work experience and educational opportunities for those who are out of work; (I.E work for nothing)
* Cut the 13.5 per cent rate of VAT to 12 per cent up to end 2013;
(lads, we are all broke except government workers that 1% wont amount to a hill of beans )
* Halve the lower 8.5 per cent rate of PRSI up to end 2013 on jobs paying up to €356 per week;
* Reverse the €1 cut in the minimum wage, bringing it back to €8.65 per hour;
(Will any of you sitting in the Dail work for even that??)
* Implement initiatives in areas that will create employment in the domestic economy;
(Can you be a bit more precise on that, lads?)
* Secure additional resources for the national housing energy retrofitting plan, as part of plans to phase out subsidies in this area by 2014;
(Don’t make me laugh by then most of us will have no homes because the banks will have most of the repossessed)
* Expand eligibility for the back to education allowance;
This is the first good ideas I believe an educated person has a better chance of getting back into employment. But I would stress that emphases should be on technology
* Accelerate capital works that are “shovel ready” and labour-intensive including schools and secondary roads.
Smacks of pouring money into developer buddies hands again lads!
full PDF doc on the Jobs initiative here: jobsinitiative
[Returning sustainability to the public finances is not just a matter of reducing expenditure and increasing or implementing new taxes, important though these are. Getting those who are out of work back to employment will, of course, be of great benefit to the public finances as it will reduce expenditure on unemployment payments and help boost the income tax yield, thereby benefitting both sides of the account. Giving consumers the confidence and encouragement to spend will also play an important role in this regard and these are the main aims of this Jobs Initiative]
The first sentence is blatantly stating that we are to expect hefty tax increases in the next budget. Expecting to get huge numbers of unemployed off the dole into new jobs is just wishful thinking without a radical new and daring incentive something along the lines of the American GI bill after the Second World War. Expecting a splurge of buying from the downtrodden taxpayers of the nation is demonstrating how out of touch this new government is only after a few weeks in office. Lads 1200 citizens are having their power cut off every week according to the ESB. Nobody in their right mind is going out spending, we don’t have anything to spend. With the first blatant attack on personal savings (pension levies) It won’t take too long before this government will be restricting the amount we have in our bank accounts, I take this hint and will take any savings out of any Irish Bank account and deposit it in an English, French or German bank if I were you now.
Education is the Key to jobs growth and not government spin! This is far too little and of no use to anybody over the age of 40.So all in all this is not worth getting worked up about its more of a photo opportunity .To tackle our crises we would need to spend 10 Billion over the next 4 years on re-educating the masses that are now unemployed, in the fields that are needed now, by the would be foreign investors and home-grown Technology, IT and chemical industries. This is where the demand is and for the foreseeable future. By robbing people who have saved and put something aside for their pensions in just outrageous .If this doesn’t get the people out on to the streets I suppose nothing will!
Points out of 10
1 for a half-baked attempt