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Labour Market Policy in the Covid-19 Pandemic

Geary institute Director Philip O’Connell made a presentation on Labour Market Policy in the Covid-19 Pandemic to the National Economic Plan Stakeholder Consultation, on Wednesday Oct 21st.  He said that the scale of the unemployment problem would require a sharp increase in investment in effective education training and employment supports targeted at young people, new entrants, those with low qualifications and those displaced from hard-hit sectors. He also argued that dealing with the high incidence of low pay in Ireland would be an essential dimension of future labour market policy, requiring a sectoral or national approach to strengthen social dialogue and collective bargaining.