INOU welcomes Tesco’s initiative

31 May 2004

The Irish National Organisation of the Unemployed is delighted to learn that the Tesco supermarket group are to recruit 100 long term unemployed people for its new outlet at Clare Hall, Malahide Road, Dublin. This initiative is in association with the Northside Partnership.

‘We are very pleased to hear about this initiative and encourage other employers to do likewise’, says Mr Eric Conroy, General Secretary INOU. ‘To be unemployed for over one year can be very demoralising for people, so when employers actively recruit amongst these ranks it can help dispel some of the stigma associated with being unemployed. Long-term unemployed people are in grave danger of becoming excluded from society. This will help boost their confidence in looking for a job.’

Currently there are 26,900 people who have been unemployed for over a year and this does not include those who are classed as ‘inactive’ or ‘distanced from the labour market’. Despite the presence of some Government programmes / interventions to assist the long-term unemployed back into the labour market, more direct actions by employers in all sectors is needed.