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Irish Left Review
Joined up thinking for the Irish Left

offsite link New Books Worth Reading Mon Sep 19, 2016 23:25 | Seán Sheehan

offsite link 13 Billion ? Lucky for some? Mon Sep 05, 2016 13:04 | Tony Phillips

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offsite link Brexit and Other Issues: Comments on the Current Situation Mon Aug 29, 2016 21:52 | Brendan Young

offsite link Bin Charges: From Private Circus to Public Service Tue Jun 21, 2016 12:38 | Michael Taft

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Spirit of Contradiction

offsite link Why is my rent so high? Mon Oct 31, 2016 18:51 | Gavin Mendel-Gleason

offsite link Review of Capitalism: Competition, Conflict, Crises by Anwar Shaikh Sun Oct 30, 2016 16:21 | Gavin Mendel-Gleason

offsite link Electoralism vs Abstentionism (Or: Why You Should Run For Office) Fri Aug 26, 2016 17:07 | Slyvia Smith

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Public Inquiry
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The Saker
A bird's eye view of the vineyard

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offsite link Who are the Sunnis? A Lamentation Sun Dec 04, 2016 13:04 | The Saker
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It’s almost impossible to explain to people who didn’t grew up in the Soviet Union, or in the 90s, how truly these songs bring people together. Performed by the Russian

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offsite link Hollande was the ultimate patsy Fri Dec 02, 2016 23:46 | The Saker
by Ramin Mazaheri The world can say ?So long Francois Hollande – we hardly knew ya?. Hollande, after all, was a purely national-level politician when he won office. His big

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Job bridge or exploitation scheme

category national | worker & community struggles and protests | press release author Thursday June 30, 2011 15:22author by Seán Ó Murchú - Republican Sinn Féin Report this post to the editors

A national internship scheme has been launched today in an effort to bring people off the unemployment register and back into the workforce.

This sounds great Geraldine McNamara Republican Sinn Fein PRO said, but when we are told that the person on the scheme will receive a mere fifty euro per week on top of their existing payment then we should start to worry.

Many people will have to pay more than that on transport and food just to get to work and it will cause more hardship for the individual.

Some people are getting a payment of one hundred euro per week at present on job seekers allowance and fifty euro extra to hold down a full time job is almost slave labour.

The employer should have to match the welfare payment which would mean they would still be getting an employee very cheaply but the employee would have some financial reward. We have an unemployment rate of 14 ½ % at present and unless proper jobs are going to be created this scheme will do nothing more than juggle the figures on the live register.

This scheme has to be vigorously monitored by the unions to prevent exploitation as happened in previous schemes when the young person was left go before completing their time to get a qualification and a new person was taken on for cheap labour.

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