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éirígí Slam Proposed Public Sector Job Losses


Brian LeesonCathaoirleach éirígí Brian Leeson has branded the reform plan unveiled by the Dublin Government on Thursday past [November 17] as regressive and immoral. Among other things, the plan seeks to cut numbers in the public service by at least 14,500.

This comes at a time when the number of people out of work in the state has remained consistently high. Unemployment figures in the Twenty-Six Counties have hovered above the 14 per cent mark all year. Not to be deterred, the right-wing coalition of Fine Gael and Labour are intent on putting thousands more onto the dole queues.

Speaking from Dublin Leeson pointed out that:

“It does not take a degree in economics to realise that this is the wrong move. Putting more and more people out of work will damage any chance of economic recovery. For those who are currently out of work to begin to see any improvement in their job prospects we will need to see an increase in domestic economic activity. Teachers, nurses and other civil servants are the very people who should be stimulating domestic demand, rather than joining those on the dole.

“The axe is also being taken to no less than 48 state agencies, many of which provide essential services. Cloaked in the neo-liberal language of ‘efficiency’ the Government is attempting to do away with as many of these bodies as it can.

“The reality is that there is no genuine desire by the Government to improve these services. Instead, it simply wants the larger state bodies to take on the work of the smaller specialist ones. This is not to ‘streamline’ or ‘rationalise’ these services. It is merely to take the cleaver to peoples jobs in order to pay for the billions that have been pumped into the banks.

“One of the most worrying examples of this so-called ‘streamlining’ will be the assimilation of Oifig Choimisinéir na dTeangacha Oifigiúla [The Irish Language Commissioner’s Office] into the office of the Ombudsman. The Coimisinéir Teanga has a clearly defined role to implement the hard-fought for Official Languages Act 2003. This role will be now weakened, if not totally destroyed, making a mockery of the 20-year language strategy.”

Leeson concluded by pointing out that on the same day these reforms were announced details of the upcoming December budget were revealed to the German parliament.

“This revelation shows exactly where the Dublin government stands right now. It is entirely fitting that details of the upcoming budget were revealed to German politicians ahead of the people of this state. They, after all, are no ones who are now running the Twenty Six Counties. Leinster House is nothing more than a sock-puppet of the European Union. Those really running the show, the EU/ECB/IMF, are in Brussels, Frankfurt and Washington. The role the Dublin government plays in running the economy of the state has been reduced to passing on supposedly confidential documents to politicians in Europe.”


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