Working for Work LAUNCH

28 Sep 2017

Minister holding Working for Work book with Ann Fergus, Chair NEC

Press Release: 27th September 2017

Minister Regina Doherty launches the 24th edition of “Working for Work”

On Wednesday, 27th September, Ann Fergus, Chairperson of the Irish National Organisation of the Unemployed welcomed Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection Regina Doherty TD, to Araby House, the INOU’s office in Dublin’s north inner city. The Minister was in the INOU to launch the 24th edition of the INOU’s flagstone publication Working for Work’.

In Araby House, Minister Doherty said “I am very happy to be here at the launch of the INOU’s excellent publication “Working for Work” – now in its 24th edition. This is an important resource for jobseekers, employers and everyone else involved at all stages of job creation. To my knowledge, there isn't a constituency office in the country without a well-worn copy of this valuable resource.

"I would like to congratulate the INOU on its continued excellent work in this area. My Department is proud to be involved, along with the Department of Education and Skills, in this publication through the provision of funding. My sincere thanks and congratulations to everyone in the INOU involved in this publication and today’s event.”

In welcoming the publication, the INOU’s Chairperson, Ann Fergus urged Minister Regina Doherty and the Government to “Ensure that all social welfare rates are set at a level which is sufficient to lift people above the poverty line”. Ann continued that it would be important to build on the welcome increase in Budget 2017 and “to move ever closer to reinstating welfare payments to 2009 rates and abolish the age segregation introduced to Jobseekers Allowance that year.”

Speaking at the launch, Robbert Lynch, INOU’s Welfare to Work Section Manager noted that Working for Work’ is a proven indispensable source of information for unemployed people, employers, and front-line staff both in the state and community sector”. Robbert continued “It is the only publication that brings together the range of supports available for unemployed people trying to manage their daily lives, while at the same time offering them advice on their work, education or training options.”

Bríd O’Brien, INOU’s Head of Policy and Media, noted that “though the employment and unemployment figures are all moving in the right direction, there is still a clear need for the provision of good quality employment services and guidance to support unemployed people to make informed choices, access appropriate education and training, and ultimately get a decent job”.