North Cork firms turn to Poland for staff

‘NEXT TO IM­POS­SI­BLE TO GET STAFF’ LO­CALLY SO 40 ‘IM­PORTED’

The Corkman - - FRONT PAGE - MARIA HER­LIHY

EM­PLOY­ERS who work in the steel in­dus­try in Duhallow are find­ing it next to im­pos­si­ble to source staff lo­cally or, in­deed, in Ire­land. In­stead, they have joined forces and se­cured the ser­vices of a Pol­ish em­ploy­ment agency to bridge the gap.

This was the sce­nario out­lined by Cllr Ger­ard Mur­phy (FG) at the Kan­turk Mal­low Mu­nic­i­pal Dis­trict meet­ing on Fri­day. Cllr Mur­phy was speak­ing on the plung­ing un­em­ploy­ment rates through­out North Cork and went on to point out that em­ploy­ers nowa­days “just can­not get work­ers”.

“I am aware of em­ploy­ers who work in the steel in­dus­try and they all joined up and turned to an em­ploy­ment agency in Poland to get 40 staff in” he said.

EM­PLOY­ERS who work in the steel in­dus­try in Duhallow are find­ing it next to im­pos­si­ble to get staff lo­cally and in­stead joined forces to at­tain the ser­vices of a Pol­ish em­ploy­ment agency to bridge that gap.

That was the sce­nario out­lined by Cllr Ger­ard Mur­phy (FG) at the Kan­turk Mal­low mu­nic­i­pal dis­trict meet­ing this week.

He was speak­ing on the plung­ing un­em­ploy­ment rates through­out North Cork and said that lo­cal em­ploy­ers “just can­not get work­ers.”

“I am aware of em­ploy­ers who work in the steel in­dus­try and they all joined up and turned to an em­ploy­ment agency in Poland to get 40 staff in” he said.

He was speak­ing on the ef­fec­tive­ness of Com­mu­nity Em­ploy­ment (CE) schemes in the Duhallow re­gion but it was now at stage where it was “next to im­pos­si­ble” to get staff due to the fall­ing un­em­ploy­ment rates.

The ethos of the CE pro­gramme is de­signed to help peo­ple who are long term un­em­ployed and other dis­ad­van­taged peo­ple to get back to work by of­fer­ing part-time and tem­po­rary place­ments in jobs based within lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.

Re­gard­ing the plung­ing un­em­ploy­ment rates in Duhallow, on the CSO web­site there are 151 less peo­ple on the Live Reg­is­ter in New­mar­ket since last year, which rep­re­sents a 20% re­duc­tion in one year.

Fig­ures from the most re­cent CSO Live Reg­is­ter sta­tis­tics in the area there is a to­tal of 328 males on the reg­is­ter in Duhallow. There are 19 males un­der 25 years and aged 25 years and over there are 309.

For fe­males aged un­der 25 there are just 19 on the Live Reg­is­ter and aged 25 and over it is 273, which gives a com­bined to­tal of 292.

In Mal­low, there is a 12% re­duc­tion and in Mac­room there is a 10% re­duc­tion in the live reg­is­ter over the last year.

It was the view of Cllr Mur­phy that “ev­ery ef­fort must be made” to en­cour­age peo­ple to go on the avail­able schemes.

Chair­ing the meet­ing, Cllr Gearoid Mur­phy (FF) said he com­pletely agreed with Cllr Mur­phy’s stance.

How­ever, Cllr Timmy Collins (Ind) said that there has been “cuts made to Fas and cuts made to CE schemes.” Cllr Mur­phy said he is also aware of va­can­cies on schemes in both New­mar­ket and in Kiskeam on Tus schemes.

“It isn’t a ques­tion that there isn’t va­can­cies – there is but these just need to be filled,” he said.

Cllr Bernard Moyni­han (FF) said that there are “plenty of stu­dents” who are do­ing cour­ses such as Civil En­gi­neer­ing and con­struc­tion in CIT and they should look to­wards the col­leagues to get work­ers for the sum­mer months.

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