Ireland’s youth are in crisis. Facing prolonged unemployment, cuts to social welfare, increases in college/apprenticeship fees and the proliferation of questionable free labour schemes, some 177,000 young people have emigrated from Ireland since 2008.
They are voting with their feet, leaving in search of real jobs, real opportunities and a real future.
They leave behind the empty promises and empty rhetoric of the government parties.
They leave behind the “Youth Guarantee” which has neither the funding nor capacity to deal with the scale of the youth unemployment crisis and which perversely will see young people being forced to take up places on free labour schemes such as JobBridge and Gateway or face the threat of further cuts to their social welfare.
Our young people deserve better than a choice between forced emigration or forced poverty. Take a stand for real jobs, real pay and a real future for young people in Ireland.
CWU Youth Committee Ireland
Mandate Youth Network
Trade Union Left Forum
Unite Youth - Dublin Activist Group
Unite Youth Ireland
We're Not Leaving
Connolly Youth Movement
Young Workers Network
Dublin Council of Trade Unions
Union of Students in Ireland (USI)
Sinn Féin Ireland
Sinn Féin - Republican Youth