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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. 

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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.

[Download Standing up for Jobs from our policy section.]

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.

A Job for Everyone Who Wants One  

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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