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Another scandal engulfing the JobBridge scheme today- A minimum of a PhD required for a synthetic chemistry role. Doctorates required for €50 and a dole payment already reduced significantly for many young people.

USI recently called for JobBridge to be phased out in our ‘Vision for Post-Bailout Ireland’. This bridge is broken beyond repair. It is past time to end this scheme and the displacement of paid labour, exploitation of workers and unregulated carnage it consistently produces.

We need proper internships, training opportunities and upskilling in Ireland. But they need to provide adequate monitoring, oversight and regulation. Clearly, in far too many instances, JobBridge is failing in that regard.

A day’s work for a day’s pay, and real opportunities for young people- End this nonsense now.

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