Paul Murphy MEP spoke to reporters outside City Hall this evening at a protest against the new ‘Gateway’ programme.
Questioned about the new job scheme Murphy described it as the first step to forced labour:
Those on the Gateway programme will get €20 per week for 19.5 hours work on top of their dole, so it’s €1 per hour. If they refuse to go on the scheme they can have their dole reduced or cut entirely. It’s incredible.
Why were they protesting outside City Hall (where Dublin County Council convenes)?
3,000 council workers have left over the past year, people who have reached retirement age. They haven’t been replaced and so these people [on Gateway] are going to be working for free, doing work that was previously done by paid employees so it’s undermining wages and conditions for everybody .
Dublin City Council are taking on 298 ‘Gateway’ workers, according to Murphy, in the next few months.
To see more on employment schemes see here.
*3,000 council workers have retired nationwide