of the Workers Party Michael Finnegan has called on Social Protection Minister, Joan Burton TD, to apologise to unemployed
people after a new report by the Economic and Social Research Institute proves that unemployed people are not better off on
the dole, and totally blows out of the water her derogatory "lifestyle choice" comments.
ESRI is hardly a friend of unemployed people. It has consistently led calls for cuts in social wwelfare
and public services. Yet this ESRI study completely undermines the claims of Joan Burton and the likes of IBEC and ISME that
that people chose to be unemployed because they are better off. That falsehood has now been exposed
and it is a lie that the media and economic commentators should stop peddling”, said Mr. Finnegan.
"It is quite clear from the massive response to every job advertisement that
unemployed people of all ages are desperately seeking work. It is clear from the ESRI that 97% of unemployed people would
be better off in a job and indeed that 60% of the unemployed would immediately double their income by having a job. It is
also clear that unemployed people greatly resent the stigmatisation to which they are subjected when they are the victims
of the economic mess and not the perpetrators."
Party President said that instead of attacking the unemployed and forcing them into internships and low-paid work, the government
should be creating real jobs for them. This would stimulate real growth in the economy and help this
country back on its feet. “Unfortunately the government is completely wedded to the false economy
of austerity and hand-feeding of capitalism which has not, and will not, end the current crisis”, he said.