Day 2 #GE16 : A Job for Everyone Who Wants One
Posted on February 04, 2016 at 09:35 AM
Today we launched our Standing up for Jobs Plan - our plan is to reach full employment by 2018. There will be a job for everyone who wants one. Tánaiste Joan Burton and Minister Ged Nash launched the plan in the Boann Distillery in Drogehda.
Labour is the party of work. Work gives us dignity and purpose, as well as improving the quality of our lives. We are facing into a decade of opportunity, and our plans are based on delivering one simple, but powerful promise – a job for everyone who wants one.
Labour wants to ensure there is a job for everyone who wants one by 2018 and we will do this by investing in people, in skills and in the businesses that create jobs.
- Invest in people . The creation of 50,000 apprenticeships and traineeships, and increase the minimum wage to a living wage of €11.30 per hour.
- Help companies access the funding they need to grow . Increase the scale of the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland’s lending to small and medium companies. Protect the 12.5pc corporation tax rate.
- Invest in innovation . Increase the funding available for research and development to small companies, and scale up the 15 Technology Centres.
- Better supports for start-ups . Reduce the Capital Gains Tax entrepreneur relief to 15pc and increase its lifetime limit to €10m.
Labour has a strong track record on delivering jobs. Since Labour entered government in 2011 over 135,000 jobs have been created. Unemployment is down from a crisis peak of 15.2% to 8.6%. Each week over 1,000 jobs are being created.
We want good quality jobs created that pay a decent wage. That is why we have increased the minimum wage by 20% and we will progressively increase it to a living wage over the lifetime of the next government Labour has a clear, thought-out plan to ensure there is a job for everyone who wants one by 2018.
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