Public sector pay threaten Ireland’s competitiveness.
Unions undermining our public finances.
The monthly Live Register figures released by the CSO today (4th November) were cautiously welcomed by ISME. The Association however raised concerns at the number of long term unemployed and called on the Government to deal robustly with public sector pay.
While acknowledging the reduction of 43,575 on the Live Register in the year to October, the Association highlighted the 125,063 long term unemployed standing at 47% of all claimants.
Commenting on the figures, ISME CEO, Neil McDonnell said “Public sector pay restoration threatens to unravel the progress and sacrifices made by Irish workers over the last eight years”.
“Government must strive to reduce the numbers on the live register which now stands a 277,219. If the Government reneges on the current agreements we run the risk of repeating the catastrophic mistakes of the 2000’s”.
The Association called on Government to:
• Reduce government influenced business costs to below the EU average.
• Target capital investment in job rich infrastructure.
• Tackle the high cost of living.
• Encourage entrepreneurs through the tax system.
• Ensure real measurable access to credit for viable SMEs.
• Outsource more state sector services to SMEs via state procurement.
• Reform the social welfare system to make it more profitable to work, and avoid poverty traps.
“The position of the unions on public sector pay is unsustainable. Unions are holding the Government to ransom to profit the few, at the expense of the many”. McDonnell concluded.