Long-term Unemployment, Local Labour and Public Investment

SF’s Martina Anderson has called for the use of local labour clauses by ILEX in Londonderry. These clauses require developers with public or regeneration contracts to provide a certain proportion of jobs for local unemployed or training positions. Despite their use elsewhere the idea has not taken off in Northern Ireland with questions over whether our equality laws do or do not prevent their use plus unofficial deals of ‘local’ employees are often part of protection rackets. With multi-billion investment planned throughout Northern Ireland is an opportunity to add value being missed? The Rowntree report into local labour clauses here (pdf file) unfortunately it only looked at GB and European law and regulations.