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Staff shortages coupled with a housing shortage. Dublin is in trouble.

  • 24-09-2021 1:04pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 1,218 ✭✭✭ ittakestwo



    Just before covid broke out I remember hearing how a lot of employers in the retail and hospitality were struggling to get staff, particularly in Dublin city.


    This problem went away with lockdowns but now that the restrictions are being lifted it seems we are back there again but now even in a worse position. A lot of foreigners who were in these jobs returned home during the lockdown. Many bussiness who are now trying to reopen just can't get staff. A lot of the employers here seem to think it just a case of issuing new visas to foreigners but we are also caught with a chronic housing shortage here too. It is not as simple as getting all the foreigners back here. If they gave up their accommodation it has been filled.


    As restrictions lift further and with the busy Christmas period approaching I believe the situation is going to get worse.



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  • Registered Users Posts: 5,189 ✭✭✭ Brucie Bonus


    The plan seems to be if you can't afford to live beside mammy, leave the county and spend as much time on the commute as you do working or sign on welfare.

    Providing accommodation for workers is only a thing if the worker is minted or the tax payer is supporting, either way it's a sky's the limit win win for developers.

    Good piece on the radio there yesterday. Some American man was saying his area tackled it by allowing developers build higher and in more density only if the builds were 100% affordable. Seems this allowance helped the developer keep a decent profit and they are doing it and it is working.



  • Registered Users Posts: 5,189 ✭✭✭ Brucie Bonus


    I read today they were asking to have PUP wound up quicker so the people would be desperate sooner and come back to work for buttons.



  • Registered Users Posts: 388 ✭✭ tommybrees


    It's a mess alright no doubt, but an average meal and a few drinks for two people wouldn't leave much change out of €100. And pretty much everywhere is packed. Something very wrong somewhere.



  • Registered Users Posts: 1,218 ✭✭✭ ittakestwo


    They do need to wrap up the PUP straight away but it still won't solve the problem in Dublin. It was an underlying problem that the pandemic hid. Now things are reopening coupled with the fact that 17k foreigners who disproportionately worked in this sector have left will show Dublin is even in a worse position.


    It is good inaway for employees in this sector as they can demand higher wages.



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  • Registered Users Posts: 5,189 ✭✭✭ Brucie Bonus


    It puts the burden back on low paid workers so business can return to higher profits. The workers being used as secondary. In the states they were offering scholarships and the like to woo employees. Here we'll just call them spongers who want everything for nothing.



  • Registered Users Posts: 1,087 ✭✭✭ Peterteanh


    Good man Leo, never ending mass immigration into Ireland to continue the pyramid scheme and line the business people's pockets...


    "Mr Varadkar said that "the churn of migration" has slowed down and many migrant workers were not able to travel as a result of restrictions on air travel. He said this should soon change and a new work permit system is being streamlined to make the visa situation better for migrant workers."



  • Registered Users Posts: 1,087 ✭✭✭ Peterteanh


    From the same article Sandra O'Casey  who runs a doughnut shop is demanding more migrants are brought in on a permanent basis to help run her shops.


    Government should tell her where to go but they won't they'll open the floodgates once again so they can have their cheap labour.



  • Registered Users Posts: 25,904 ✭✭✭✭ Wanderer78


    wrapping up pup, ultimately puts the pressure back out onto the private sector, the private sector in turn must take on new debts, in order fill this void, at the moment, there are limitations for the private sector to do this, so by reducing the public money supply, via pup payments, this will more than likely slow overall economic activities......



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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,218 ✭✭✭ ittakestwo


    I don't get what you are saying. Surely having people on the PUP who are available to work, and there is plenty work for them too is putting pressure on the government finances as well as bussiness not being able to run at capacity



  • Registered Users Posts: 10,553 ✭✭✭✭ Thelonious Monk


    For all the moaners on here about immigration, you can't have it both ways. The reason we need sh*tloads of immigration is because if we live in a country where the only goal of a Government seems to be to expand the economy, we need constant immigration. Unless we adopt some new way of running the country it's immigration all the way.



  • Registered Users Posts: 1,760 ✭✭✭ dudley72


    Stop the PUP and staff will arrive. Should have been cancelled months ago



  • Registered Users Posts: 10,553 ✭✭✭✭ Thelonious Monk


    well it wont stop if our only goal is to expand the economy, and that is the goal of every single government. We could change that, perhaps have a more socialist country where growth isn't everything and we all may have a little less money and less stuff, but no one wants that either. So it's immigration immigration immigration I'm afraid.



  • Registered Users Posts: 1,760 ✭✭✭ dudley72


    No companies then no work.

    Immigration will not stop because we have work for people. The more the better as far as I am concerned. Let them come



  • Registered Users Posts: 1,087 ✭✭✭ Peterteanh


    Ya, I don't disagree,that's clearly the mantra at the moment from all Irish political parties.

    I'm fundamentally opposed to what they are doing though but at least we can finally see throughout Europe attempts to change this including in France with Macron's sensible immigration proposals. Meanwhile in Ireland we are going the opposite way.



  • Registered Users Posts: 10,553 ✭✭✭✭ Thelonious Monk


    this is a country where new chains of dominos opening is hailed in the press as a good thing as it creates jobs. Jobs that will be minimum wage and staffed by immigrants. It's not really something worth celebrating, but here we do.



  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]


    About time too.

    I stayed in a number of hotels over the summer, where the overwhelming majority of staff were children, just out of school for the summer. Terrible service. Not the fault of the kids, just no experience.

    the reason being that the hotel couldn't get their staff to come back because they were all on the PUP.



  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]


    Can you explain what difference it makes if 20% of the country is made up of immigrants makes?



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  • Registered Users Posts: 5,189 ✭✭✭ Brucie Bonus


    Enforced low paying jobs might have improved you holiday but its not something I'd support.

    Covid has shown up a lot of issues. No chance the hotels might revisit profits and raise wages?

    We too often put people in positions were they are forced into hardship so others can profit off them.



  • Registered Users Posts: 30,654 ✭✭✭✭ listermint


    Genuine question though you've mentioned low wages over and over again. What's the difference for say an average waitress in Dublin including tips versus pup doing full-time hours. Let's talk brass tacks.?

    Id argue the waitress earns far more money with the wage and tips than PUP provides but with PUP you don't have to bother? So tis handier.


    Have you don't any maths to back up your argument of breadline talk?



  • Registered Users Posts: 30,654 ✭✭✭✭ listermint


    Weird , I know plenty of college going students working in the food industry .


    Odd that you don't see these people daily because they exist and without them the food industry would be fully closed.



  • Registered Users Posts: 839 ✭✭✭ Mike Murdock


    No-one wants to become like Eastern Europe in the 1980's, Thelonious. It won't make us happier, and won't save the climate either.



  • Registered Users Posts: 493 ✭✭ BobHopeless




  • Registered Users Posts: 2,626 ✭✭✭ jay0109



    Make not working less attractive and the problem goes away!



  • Registered Users Posts: 11,330 ✭✭✭✭ mariaalice




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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,760 ✭✭✭ dudley72




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