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Policy issues concerning Work

The Irish Government published a Jobs Initiative on May 10, 2011.  This initiative honoured a commitment contained in the Programme for Government.

A Basic Income System for Ireland - WHY and HOW

There is one dominant framework or paradigm concerning work that is accepted in 
most of the western world. This paradigm equates meaningful work with paid 
employment. It asserts that full time jobs are available for everyone seeking them, 
that these jobs will provide adequate income for people holding them and their 
„dependants‟ and that good social insurance will be available for people who are sick 
or unemployed. In this way everyone will have meaningful work, adequate income, 

The seasonally adjusted number of people on the Live Register increased from 439,100 in May to 444,900 in June 2010, an increase of 5,800. According to the Central Statistic’s Office’s most recent publication the unadjusted numbers saw an increase in the Live Register of 37,420 (+9.0%). This compares with an increase of 43,788 (+11.1%) in the year to May 2010.

More than 23 million people in the EU were unemployed in May 2010 according to the latest statistics published by Eurostat equivalent to 10% of the labour force. Of these, 15.789 million were in the 16 countries in the euro area. In the year since May 2009, unemployment rose by 1.8 million in the EU, and by 1 million in the euro area.

Despite signs that the recession is slowing in Ireland as well as in many other countries, the short-term labour market outlook remains grim according to the OECD. In its Employment Outlook 2009, published on September 16, 2009, it states that latest OECD projections indicate a further decline in economic activity in Ireland in 2009, with a muted recovery surfacing only in 2010.

Unemployment in better-off countries could reach 10% of the labour force if the economic recovery fails to gain momentum according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). This would bring the total number unemployed in these countries to 57 million. It has already reache

Work for All: Why and How in a World of Rapid Change by Sean Healy and Brigid Reynolds

September 14, 2001