JobBridge. Has it started to dawn yet, do you think, that this scheme has nothing at all to do with getting people back into paid employment and everything to do with undermining the conditions of those who are in paid employment? What JobBridge represents is the de facto abolition of paid employment.
The fact that JobBridge is now being used in the public sector is not, as might be claimed, a desperate attempt to meet public needs at a time when funding is systematically suffocated.
Rather, it is a means of subjecting public sector workers to market discipline, with a view to privatising these services altogether. It is a means of saying to these workers: you know, we’d pay you nothing if we could get away with it, and hopefully we will.
It tends to get forgotten in Ireland -not least because public sector unions that prop up right wing governments refuse to remind people of it- that the task of a public sector worker -whether in health or education or the civil service or anywhere else- is to ensure that the democratic rights of citizens to necessary goods and services are vindicated.
Therefore the use of JobBridge in the public sector should be seen as an attack on the rights of citizens, the people whom Joan Burton and her fascist little toad colleague Brian Hayes refer to as “customers”.
Because JobBridge is part of a project of converting public goods and services, and citizens, into commodities, for the purposes of profit and the 1%.
What JobBridge reveals is that the left wing of the Troika Party, the Labour Party -whose smarmy public representatives are effusive about the scheme’s successes- is indeed engaged in a ‘battle at the gates of hell’, as Jack O’Connor says. But it is not battling to defend the working class from a right wing assault, as O’Connor claims. Rather, it is battling on the side of Beelzebub.