SIPTU: Govt action on jobs 'better late than never'

SIPTU: Govt action on jobs 'better late than never'

The head of the country's largest trade union SIPTU has said the Government's renewed effort on job creation and protection "is better late than never".

The Taoiseach Brian Cowen has said he wants to ensure there is the sharpest possible focus on job creation across all parts of Government.

Mr Cowen will hold meetings with representatives of 11 State agencies including the IDA, Enterprise Ireland and FAS later today.

General President of SIPTU Jack O'Connor said: "it's a pity the Government didn't take action two years ago."

"If it represents an attempt to use the resources of the State agencies in order to leverage money for investment in new products and create jobs, it's better late than never."

The Taoiseach issued a statement ahead of today's meeting, saying we have to be "confident, positive and determined".

Mr Cowen said Ireland has to "believe in ourselves if we want other people to believe in us, invest with us and trade with us".

It comes just a day after it was confirmed that the number of long-term unemployed has almost doubled, with 127,000 people out of work for over a year.


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