Labour Women Dialogue on Women and the Unemployment Crisis with Minister Joan Burton TD

14 September 2013

Labour Women to engage in dialogue with Minister Joan Burton Minister on labour market activation, the unemployment crisis and how it has affected women on Saturday 14th September.  

Commenting Minister Burton said “It gives me great pleasure today to engage in reflection and debate with members of Labour Women around how Labour values of equality and fairness can be reflected in the work of my Department. The best protection against poverty for women, men and families is decent, secure and fairly paid work. That is why, since taking over as Minister for Social Protection in 2011, I have focused on transforming the department from the passive benefits provider of old to one that is actively helping jobseekers get back to work, training and education, and I have also sought to protect core weekly welfare rates so that families are safeguarded from the worst effects of the economic crisis.”

Further commenting Deputy Ciara Conway said ‘ One of the things that has really driven me to get involved in politics is my desire to ensure that Irish women have equal opportunities to access education and training, to work and to reach the highest levels of their professions. I am delighted to have the opportunity to work with Labour women and to further our shared goal of promoting equality for women’

Labour Women chair Sinead Ahern said ‘The Labour party entered government with the aims of building a fairer Ireland and getting people back to work.  With recent OECD statistics showing increases in employment we are moving in the right direction but there is more to do. We are delighted to have the opportunity to work with Minister Burton and Deputy Conway and to examine how we can build on the work already done supporting women in the crisis."

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