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Meet Irelands champagne socialists and so called worker champions

Q: Why are the Irish trade unions not marching out on the streets protecting the public health services we have won for our people in the last 90 years?

A: The Trade Unions bosses are in cahoots with the corrupt politicians and I’m all right Jack is alive and well. We need to turf out these “insiders “out and create real worker oriented unions that will stand up for the ordinary man and woman in Ireland!

A union boss getting paid more that the President of Ireland or the president of the USA????

Where is the sense in that???

Wake up Ireland and get up off your knees!

Live Register for July 2011

Here is an excellent analyzes of the Live Register for July 2011

by Dr.Constantin
Gurdgiev

In July 2011 there were 470,284 people signing on the Live Register representing
an increase of 3,460 (+0.7%) over the year. Adjusting for seasonality, total
number of signees was 447,900 in July against 446,400 in June – a rise of 1,500
down from a previous monthly increase of 2,500.
Similarly in unadjusted terms, July increase was less than that recorded in June 2011 (+5,066 or +1.1%) and far less than the increase of 34,403 (+8.0%) seen in the year to July
2010.

full article at source here: http://trueeconomics.blogspot.com/

Comment:

in a recent poll here (http://www.thejournal.ie/poll-should-the-dole-be-cut-for-the-long-term-unemployed-143837-May2011/?voted=1 ) the question was asked “Should the dole be cut for the long-term unemployed”? the answer was this

Now I can’t say I understand this result but I am sure if the shoe
was on the other foot the results would be different. With regards to the live
register it would be handy to know how many people emigrated during this
period, how many people signed on but are not eligible for the dole because
they were self-employed and how many people were put on to FAS courses during
this period Putting all these figures together you will find that the true
unemployment figures are well north of 500,000

The Fine Gael and Labour Party Gravy train has arrived at Dail Eireann.

Publication 1 on machholz blog.com

 The Fine Gael and Labour Party Gravy train has arrived at Dail Eireann.

By Donal Buckley

Freelance Journalist/Writer:

 

After a 30 year trip through the political wilderness (there were a few brief stops along the way) the 2011 Irish Government gravy train is now disembarking at Government Buildings.

Favours and kick backs have to be honoured by the sack full.

TDs are employing wives, brothers in law and nephews to work for them at the expense of all  citizen in this little country.

Ministers and junior ministers add two drivers each to this employment drive.

The Taoiseach requires four advisors at a cost of Euro 170,000 each per annum (plus perks).

There are thousands of citizens who are well qualified to advise the Taoiseach and the others in need of advice.

Mr Kenny only has to walk down the street and the dogs in the street know the solutions to many of our problems in this Ireland of the cute  w***e in 2011.

The advisors  can be found down at the dole office queuing for Euro180 or less per week.

Advisors can be employed for the average industrial wage immediately.

There are volunteers by the truck load who will offer to advise on an intern basis.

There is a Department overflowing with civil servants paid to advise the Government.

Is that a total of Euros 680,000 for four advisors per year and then the chauffeur driven limo at an annual cost of Euro 250,000.

This is borrowed money which Mr Kenny is lashing out to all his associates.

Borrowed money which we have to repay from ever reducing  resources , from private households, from carers, from the sick, the old, the weak and from our children.

The money squandered by Mr Kenny, Gilmore and co is our money, the citizens’ money and these people  in Government think they can splurge with impunity on their cronies, their families, brothers in law and nephews.

They require two drivers to get to work. Fine then let them pay for the drivers out of their own private funds.

The list is endless, it is difficult to quantify but the way in which these jobs are given out as favours or to family members is   corruption of the political system as it is meant to be.

Mr Kenny’s own rhetoric  decried this sort of cronyism and dishonesty during his election campaign.

Now that Mr Kenny is Taoiseach he regards the tax payers money as his own personal bank account to dish out to his Fine Gael cronies.

His rhetoric flowed like honey but the Government behaviour in its first 100 days in office is not sweet smelling.

Lest we forget there are over 446,000 registered unemployed , ( add 50,000 plus self employed who do not qualify but are out of work for years now) and no equal opportunity advertising of these jobs for the boys (and girls).

There must be at least 1000(conservative estimate) new jobs involved in this carve up.

Nowhere has the Government announced the creation of over 1000 vacancies in Government Buildings.

No pronouncements on equal opportunities for all citizens, especially for those on the dole queues and over qualified for each and every job in Dail Eireann.

Take an example of one unemployed secretary with a family of four, paid a pittance by the Social welfare because the other partner is earning some income.

There are 165(+) secretarial jobs now being filled in Dail Eireann at an average wage of  Euro 42000 per annum.

TDs with their bloated salaries are permitted to block the recruitment of such an unemployed person and instead give his/her own family the extra Euro 42,000.

Mr Kenny TD, Taoiseach, come out from under whatever  hideaway  you have found and please explain.

OECD says unemployment payments should be reduced

 

OECD proposal on unemployment payments is preposterous and perverse Social Justice Ireland has strongly criticised a proposal from the OECD that unemployment payments should be reduced over time to encourage unemployed people to take up employment. The vast majority of unemployed people would take up any job that was available. Just a few years ago the long-term unemployment rate in Ireland was one of the lowest in the world at 1.3%. Many people became unemployed because of the collapse in the economy. The greatest devastation of this recession is being borne by those who have lost their jobs. There is no evidence to suggest these people would not take up a job if it were available. Blaming unemployed people for the failures in the economy and the inability to produce jobs is perverse in the extreme. Social Justice Ireland wishes to point out that: • Two thirds of a million people in Ireland are at risk of poverty. • At least 90,000 of those employed in Ireland are at risk of poverty. These are the ‘working poor’. • Social welfare payments for unemployed people are €34 a week below the poverty line for a single person and €56 a week for a couple over 25 years of age. • Social welfare payments for unemployed people below 25 years of age are up to €122 a week for a single person and €168 a week for a couple belo! w the poverty line. The proposal by the OECD that unemployment payments should be reduced further shows the OECD is totally out of touch with the reality of the lives of people who are unemployed and are ignoring the fact that they are unemployed because a sufficient number of jobs don’t exist in the economy. The claim that everybody should make a contribution to the adjustment required in Ireland at present has been repeated like a mantra in policy discussion and public commentary. Yet it is only half true. Yes, Social Justice Ireland agrees everyone should make a contribution insofar as they can. But we do not accept that some people should be driven into poverty because of the contribution that is demanded of them. To do this is to try to solve one problem by creating a deeper and more long-lasting one. “We reject any attempt to solve Ireland’s problems by increasing inequality or by forcing the most vulnerable members of the popu! lation into a situation where they do not have the resources to live life with dignity” according to Fr Healy. ‘Hits’ on poor people and the low-paid have far bigger negative impact than larger hits on the better off who have resources to absorb the hits. It is profoundly wrong for example that poor people carry a major burden while senior bond-holders, who carry a large part of the responsibility for Ireland’s implosion, make no contribution to sharing the burden.

PDF doc here :Irish Society at a glance

The OECD has warned that that unemployment in Ireland is becoming an “intractable” problem.

In its economic outlook for 2012 published today the organisation however said it is cautiously optimistic about the country’s prospects for economic recovery.

“Ireland is continuing to undertake a comprehensive and vital adjustment programme to reduce its macroeconomic imbalances and restore its banking system to health,” the report said.

“Despite robust export growth, weak domestic demand and ongoing fiscal consolidation have prevented an economic recovery from unfolding so far.

“As domestic demand stabilises, a modest upturn of output is expected in the course of 2011, with some acceleration in 2012.

“The unemployment rate is likely to stay high, and core deflation to continue.”

The report’s authors said recovery this year will be gradual, and speed up in 2012.

The OECD said Ireland must adhere to the adjustment programme laid down by the EU and IMF and in particular lowering our budget deficit to below 3% of GDP by 2015.

“Improving competitiveness through wage restraint and structural reforms should remain a priority,” the report said.

Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin said jobs are the Government’s top priority.

However Social Justice Ireland has strongly criticised a proposal from the OECD that unemployment payments should be reduced over time to encourage unemployed people to take up employment.

“The vast majority of unemployed people would take up any job that was available” according to Fr Seán Healy, the organisations’ director.

“Blaming unemployed people for the failures in the economy and the inability to produce jobs is perverse in the extreme”..

 
Read more: http://www.breakingnews.ie/ireland/oecd-cautiously-optimistic-but-warns-on-unemployment-506381.html#ixzz1NNH1CQxs

Noonan jobs initiative (citizens let down again! )

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

 In conclusion:

[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

“Service with a smile” has always distinguished proper run hotels from the cowboy operators.

The Labour Court has found that five housekeeping staff at the Davenport Hotel in Dublin, who have been at the centre of a dispute over pay cuts for the past month, should be returned to the roster on their original rates of remuneration.

In a recommendation issued today, the Labour Court also said that the hotel staff should be paid all the monies they would have earned had they not been removed from the work roster in early February.

Both management at the hotel, which forms part of the O’Callaghan Hotel Group and the trade union Siptu, which represented the staff, had agreed to be bound by the finding of the Labour Court. The hotel is operated by a company known as Persian Properties.

The dispute at the Davenport Hotel was believed to be the first over attempts by a company to reduce pay for existing personnel since the out-going Government cut the National Minimum Wage rate in February.

In its recommendation the Labour Court found that the workers involved in the dispute were accommodation assistants who had been paid the previous National Minimum Wage rate of €8.65per hour.

It said that at a meeting on the 25th January last the five workers concerned and colleagues from other hotels in the group were advised of a pending pay cut.

“It was claimed that the cut was necessary because of the reduction in the National Minimum Wage.”

It said that in late January all the minimum wage earners were again called to a meeting at which they were called on individually to sign a form giving their employer consent to implement a 10 per cent pay cut with effect from 1st February 2011, thereby reducing their pay from €8.65 per hour to €7.80 per hour.

“The five Workers concerned refused to sign the form and were called to a third meeting on the 1st February 2011 and advised that if they did not sign the form they would be removed from the roster. As the Workers still refused to sign the form they were removed from the roster and also from the payroll.”

Siptu argued that there was no agreement on the part of the staff to the pay cut. It said that the employer had sought the workers’ consent to the pay reduction but with the clear implication that if it was not given they would be removed from the payroll,with the possibility of having no earnings as opposed to earning less.

The Company maintained that due to a most difficult trading period it had no choice but to take out significant costs and stay open for business. It said that labour costs were a very significant part of its total operating costs. It said that its primary interest was one of job security for its employees and hence the approach to all employees to reduce pay.

Labour Court deputy chairman Brendan Hayes said that in the absence of any financial or trading information that would justify the need for a pay reduction or the availability of fair and reasonable procedures for securing worker’s approval thereto or for resolving disagreement with the proposal, the Court found that the Employer’s actions were “not fair and reasonable in all the circumstances of this case”.

Comment:

This type of blatant exploration of the low paid workers has to be stopped dead in it s track. I will not be recommending this hotel to any of my friends anytime soon and I hope other hotels do take a hard look at the lessons that are to be learned here .Better service and more attention to detail and reasonable prices is the only way to having a successful hotel business. Good old-fashioned service with a smile and attention to detail has always distinguished proper run hotels from the cowboy operators.

I would never have expected  the Davenport would stoop so low!

PMIs and employment trends – December 2010

Below is an excellent article written by Dr. Constantin Gurdgiev on Irish employment trends well worth the read!  

Posted by Dr. Constantin Gurdgiev
 
This is the last post in the series of three covering PMIs. The first two covered two sectors of the economy: Manufacturing and Services. As before, the data was released by the NCB Stockbrokers.

As I mentioned in the first post, PMIs serve important function – they act as close-lead indicators of economic activity (‘close’ referring to short lags between PMIs and economic performance). One of the most pressing issues in Irish economy today is unemployment and PMIs provide employment outlook that signals (albeit imperfectly) where we are heading in terms of jobs creation. Here are the two series for PMIs

and the same for employment:
So while Manufacturing is signaling weak growth across both output and employment, Services are showing neither:
Weighted (by economy weights) average of the two points in the chart above places December squarely into the Recession Area along the axis that barely enters Optimal Growth Area. It is worth noting that longer-term trends (and these are strong with 0.847 RSq for Services and even stronger 0.892 for Manufacturing) do not support Jobless Recovery. In contrast with historical experience, this is exactly where we are heading in Q1-Q2 2011 per chart above.

 

05/01/2011: Services PMIs – December 2010

Posted by Dr. Constantin Gurdgiev

Today’s data from NCB Stockbrokers on Services PMIs (Manufacturing sector PMIs were covered in the earlier post here). The trends are generally worrisome:
First the headline numbers:
  • Overall business activity index in services sectors has dipped below expansion mark of 50, with December reading of 47.4 signaling an outright and sharp-ish contraction. 12-months average for the sector was 50.7 – hardly blistering growth, but still a notch above the waterline. Q4 average is now at 49.7 – a steady decline from the annual peak of 52.9 in Q2 and slightly less impressive 52.5 in Q3.
  • New Business index fell to 46.2, marking 4th consecutive month of below 50 performance. 12-months average is at 49.8, with Q4 reading of 46.8 being the lowest quarterly average of 2010.
A snapshot of the series:
Now to detailed sub-indicies:
 
Since I will be posting separately on employment, it is just worth mentioning that (a) employment index remains under water since February 2008 – marking a truly scary contraction stretching uninterrupted over 34 months now, and (b) employment index fell even lower in December (to 47.8) than in November (48.7).

The rest:

  • New Export Business index is in contraction territory with December reading of 49.7 being the first sub-50 month since August 2009. 12-months average was 53.6 while Q4 average fell to 52.6 from 52.8 in Q3 and the annual peak of 55.3 in Q2.
  • Despite this, Business Expectations actually rose to a strong 62.2 in December against 55.2 in November. 12-months average was 65.5, ahead of Q4 average of 62.8, which marked the lowest quarterly performance of the index for 2010.
  • Profitability remains poor cousin of expectations – Profitability index reached 46.1 in December, down from 48.4 in November. To see last month when profitability was in expansion mode we would have to go back to December 2007, so this December marks 36th month of shrinking profitability for Irish services producers.

Chart above concludes by showing some recovery in prices trends, with output prices still lagging inputs prices inflation. In fact, the gap between two series, having opened up once again around Q2 2010 remains wide.

Slashing the Minimum Wage: Olli made us do it (or: never let facts get in the way)

By
Tom McDonnell:
 
Over the weekend, a Government TD insisted on RTE‘s Week in Politics programme that we should ask Olli Rehn why the minimum wage was cut. I leave it to the reader to decide what that implies for our national sovereignty.

Much of the justification given for the cut was that we had the second highest minimum wage in Europe and that it needed to be cut to provide more employment opportunities. More on this in a second.

The latest annual report of the United Kingdom’s highly respected Low Pay Commission (LPC) is here. The British government uses the recommendations of the Commission when passing legislation related to the minimum wage (including the setting of rates). You will find a wealth of information on issues such as gender composition, sectoral breakdown and other key issues.

Unfortunately, there is no equivalent Commission for Ireland and it is to our great detriment that we do not conduct the same level of research into these areas in Ireland. Irish policymakers seem to have only a passing acquaintance with the strange notions of theory and evidence.

Fortunately for us the LPC report has international data on the rates set for national minimum wages.

I refer you to Appendix 3 of the Low Pay Commission’s report and in particular column 3 (PPs) of Table 3A.1 on page 233. The table has data for eight different EU countries. Ireland has the fifth highest minimum wage rate of the eight EU countries shown. Most importantly, we find that the rate for our nearest neighbour – the UK – was 5.80 (sterling) and the equivalent rate for Ireland, before the 12 per cent cut imposed last week, was 5.43 (sterling) in terms of purchasing power parity. Note as well that only one country in the sample has reacted to the crisis by cutting the minimum wage.

So it seems that those spouting off that we have the second or third highest national minimum wage in Europe either haven’t bothered to check the facts or have decided to ignore the facts.

I’ll leave it to you to decide which is worse.

Fianna Fail / Green’s new ‘dirty dozen’ in Budget

By Charlie Weston and Brendan Keenan

Thursday December 09 2010

THE Budget contained a number of measures that were little noticed when it was announced on Tuesday night.

Here are a ‘dirty dozen’ of the measures that proved to be a surprise, as they were not signalled in the four-year austerity plan.

Stamp duty

First-time buyers did not have to pay any stamp duty up to now. From yesterday they will have to shell out 1pc of the value of properties worth up to €1m.

This will mean an additional €3,000 on a property that sells for €300,000, according to Ronan O’ Driscoll at Savills Ireland.

Redundancy payments

Redundancy payments, apart from statutory redundancy amounts, will only be tax-free up to €200,000. For amounts above this the tax will be 20pc.

This is to discourage ‘golden parachutes’.

Medical cards

People with medical cards did not have to pay the income levy or the health levy up to now.

But the merging of these two levies into the universal social contribution (USC) will mean that people with a medical card, whose income is greater than €4,000, will pay the new charge, the Department of Finance confirmed. However, the spokesman added that state pensions may be excluded from this.

Pensions

Employers will have to pay 50pc PRSI on their employees’ contributions to a pension scheme. This is in addition to the application of PRSI and USC to the employees’ contributions themselves.

Childcare

Childcare provided by employers will now be treated as a benefit for the employee, who will pay income tax and PRSI on the value of the childcare, raising €6m a year for the Exchequer.

Previously, this facility was exempt from tax.

Start-ups

The three-year exemption from corporation tax for start-up companies is being extended to companies starting in 2011.

But the value of the relief will be limited to the amount of employer’s PRSI paid by the company on behalf of employees, which may mean no relief for one-person start-ups.

Gift tax

The amounts that can be given or left to relatives, tax free, are being reduced by 20pc. This is a significant change, raising €40m in a full year.

The new limit for a gift or inheritance to a child is €332,804, and €33,280 for a sibling or lineal descendant.

Capital gains tax

Capital gains tax (CGT) was left unchanged at 25pc. In the National Recovery Plan, it was suggested that a threshold beneath which tax was not paid would be index linked to inflation allowing it to rise each year. This system operated in the 1980s. However there was no mention of the indexation of gains against inflation in Tuesday’s budget.

Approved retirement funds

The annual ‘imputed’ distribution, or tax, applied to assets in an approved retirement fund at the end of each year goes from 3pc to 5pc, with effect from December 31 this year.

Rent relief

The tax credit available to those who rent out their own home drops from €400 to €320 for a single person. For a couple, the credit drops from €800 to €640.

Home-carer tax credit

For a spouse caring for children or a handicapped person, the carer tax credit – which is a tax free portion of income – drops from €900 a year to €810.

Car benefit in kind

The benefit in kind for those who have a company car will in future be based on the car’s level of CO2 emissions, with cars with lower emissions getting relief.

– Charlie Weston and Brendan Keenan

source http://www.independent.ie/national-news/budget/analysis-overview/the-dirty-dozen-tweaks-that-took-us-all-by-surprise-2454125.html

Irish Independent

Self employed, why would you ?

Yesterday I came across a few people suffering from these same problems and they seem to be the forgotten victims and as self employed persons they are not going to get a welcome in the local Dole office far from it I can tell you from firsthand experience

The bottom line here is nobody gives a dam about the self employed  

But the big boys and the lads that kept this Ponzi scheme going are now the very people getting the big Jobs in NAMA and the little people are tossed by the wayside to rot!

Are you happy with that?

Then do something about if you’re not!

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