55,000 construction jobs to be lost by 2011, says CIF
The Construction Industry Federation has predicted that up to 55,000 jobs could be lost in the sector by the end of next year unless action is taken by the Government.
The Construction Industry Federation has predicted that up to 55,000 jobs could be lost in the sector by the end of next year unless action is taken by the Government.The stark figures are contained in a submission to Government, as part of its participation in the current round of social partnership talks, aimed at stabilising the public finances.
In the document, the CIF says the economic environment in which the industry operates deteriorated markedly last year.
The industry says that in this context, it is imperative that wage rates in the industry are reduced by at least 10% and a pay freeze is commenced.
It is also calling on Government to take steps to protect jobs and boost activity, which in turn will help the wider economy.
The current housing market, it believes, provides an opportunity for Government to acquire up to 10,000 additional houses for social housing purposes at knock-down levels.
The group is also calling for fresh incentives to assist first time buyers and a scheme to encourage home owners to retrofit their homes with insulation, a market worth up to €9bn it says.
It also suggests commercial property stamp duty rates be cut from 6% to 4%.
Calling for continued investment in 'public capital projects', the CIF claims a significant number of such scheduled projects have already been delayed, postponed or cancelled last year and this year, because of budgetary and other factors.
It also suggests that the State could harness private financial investment to for additional infrastructure and buildings.
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