Electing to Tackle Unemployment

17 Feb 2011

Publication cover - Election Manifesto 2011Today, the Irish National Organisation of the Unemployed launched its Election Manifesto. The manifesto, which has been sent to all prospective TDs and outlines the INOU's priorities for the next government in three key areas - Jobs, Services for Unemployed People and Social Welfare. The manifesto also poses four key questions for candidates standing in the next election:

1. What will you do to tackle unemployment?
2. Will you reverse the cuts made to Jobseekers Allowance and Benefit?
3. How will you improve services to unemployed people?
4. What will you do to create decent jobs?

Speaking at the launch, INOU Chairperson, Ann Fergus said that 'it is imperative that tackling unemployment is an absolute priority for the next government. Investment in jobs, in education and training and other supports and programmes for unemployed people is critical if unemployment is to properly addressed. Unemployed people need to be given hope of a chance of a job and a future here in Ireland for themselves and their families."

"It is also imperative that the incomes of people who rely on social welfare are protected as tens of thousands of people are struggling on a daily basis to make ends meet" Ann concluded.

To download a copy of the INOU Election Manifesto visit www.inou.ie. You will also find a grid highlighting what the different parties have to say about jobs and social protection.

Today the INOU has also published a review of where unemployment policy is at in light of Budget 2011, the EU/IMF Financial Assistance documentation and the National Recovery Plan which can be downloaded from our website.