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The Job bridge / FAS scandal - Free labour schemes

category national | anti-capitalism | feature author Wednesday July 10, 2013 22:19author by dave

Converting paid work into unpaid work..

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It seems like everytime I view the Fas website more and more real jobs are dissapearing from it and being replaced with free labour internships. When I search for specific sectors now all I seem to find are internships. This scheme is absolutely sickening me as it has potentially destroyed several thousand entry level jobs. I can't believe that Joan Burton and the labour party have completely ruined the youth labour market with a scheme which is:

-replacing real paid jobs with "internships"
-exploiting the jobless
-wasting tax-payer money to provide companies with free labour
-putting underqualified/inexperienced/unvetted people in jobs with far too much responsibility(working with kids etc...)
-distorting our unemployment figures
-putting existing paid jobs at risk
-being used to makeup for a shortfall of skills in the public service due to the recruitment embargo

Here is an example of a paid job that is now nullified and advertised as a job bridge job..

There are curretnly 5543 people on internships - that is probably the good guts of 5543 jobs being taken up by free labour schemes, converting paid work into unpaid work..

Have a look at the job bridge website also it is :

Telesales Representative
Ref. INTE-774032

The intern will gain practical experience in selling a range of IT products and services - telesales, sales, marketing. The intern will receive formal/informal training in the following arranging sales meetings for the Sales team from a list of targeted customers. On completion the intern will have attained skills in working as part of a team; communication skills and telephone skills.

Skills Requirements
The ideal candidate will have excellent communication skills (especially over the phone), be eager to learn, able to work on their own initiative and be well presented.

Please Note:
This is an Internship. An allowance of 50 per week will be paid in addition to your current Social Welfare payment.See eligibility criteria above.


The Organisation will assign a mentor to support you during the Internship.

6 Months

Days, Hours & Start Date
Days per week: To be Advised
Hours per day: Not specified
Hours per week: 35
Start Date: TBC

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