Labour Plus

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Newry and Mourne Labour Plus Regional Consultation

Pictured is the Mayor of Newry and Mourne Michael Ruane with attendees at the Newry and Mourne Labour Plus Regional Consultation.

Labour Plus Regional Consultation

The Labour Plus Council Officials met with key stakeholders including representatives from the Department of Employment and Learning, Office of First Minister/Deputy First Minister, the Equality Commission, the Northern Ireland Strategic Migration Partnership and members of the business community to discuss labour market integration with a particular focus on vulnerable groups including migrant workers and Irish Travellers.

The Labour Plus Project is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund and made possible by the INTERREG IVC programme. The project’s global aim is to fully address the INTERREG IVC programme priority “Employment, Human Capital and Education.”

 

If further information is required please contact:

Shirley Keenan

Labour Plus Project Officer

Newry and Mourne District Council

Monaghan Row

Newry BT35 8DJ

Tel: 028 3031 3167

shirley.keenan@nmandd.org

 

 

INTERREG IVC Labour Plus Project

On 25th May 2012 Newry and Mourne District Council entered into a partnership agreement between Newry and Mourne District Council and the Municipality of Nieuwegein in the Netherlands to deliver the INTERREG IVC Labour Plus Project.

Co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund, the project’s global aim is to fully address the INTERREG IVC programme priority “Employment, Human Capital and Education.” The programme seeks to improve local policies in respect of employment and equal labour participation. With a particular focus on minority groups such as migrant workers, the Roma and in the case of Newry and Mourne the Irish Traveller community, the project will create an interregional transfer of knowledge and practice to stimulate more inclusive and sustainable employment policies whilst tackling discrimination and exploitation of vulnerable groups such as those mentioned.

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The background

Many Roma and other migrants face major difficulties integrating into the labour market. Being pushed to the margins of the local economy, and often stigmatized and socially excluded.

The European Commission has called on Member States to implement national plans for Roma integration and Member States have developed the Labour Plus project in response to the Commission's EU Framework for national Roma integration strategies, adopted on 5 April 2011.

The goals of Labour Plus

To develop innovative ways to improve the social participation of Roma and other migrants through education and employment.

Working on the frontline of social exclusion

The Labour Plus partners are local authorities or other local organisations working on the frontline against labour exclusion.

They are uniquely positioned both to create equal employment opportunities in their community and to empower Roma and other migrants to make the most of those new employment opportunities.

How do the partners work together?

Primarily through knowledge transfer: exchanging strategies and practices that have worked and ideas and case studies that could prove a breakthrough.

These are shared through a series of 8 seminars and 10 Regional Consultation Meetings. But also by optimizing use of new technology, for example through video conferencing and shared databases.

Partners adopt and adapt their new insights to their local circumstances. Creating innovative ways to help people in their communities equip themselves to successfully enter the labour market.

What issues will Labour Plus address?

The Labour Plus partners are working together to:

  • Better understand the relationship between local labour dynamics and patterns of migration;
  • Develop more inclusive and sustainable employment policies;
  • Tackle discrimination and unemployment;
  • Address problems faced by migrant and Roma populations in terms of employment, training and inclusion.

Partners’ current areas of expertise and/or special interest

  • Improving employment policies (Padua, Nagykallo, Tenerife)
  • Social inclusion of Roma population (Antwerp, Nieuwegein, Sofia)
  • Migrant workers and Irish Travellers (Alt Emporda, Newry & Mourne)
  • Refugees (Marburg)
  • Targeting local and national decision-makers (ENTP, Riga)
  • Integration training and inclusive education (all partners)

  • Newry and Mourne District Council is the only partner from the United Kingdom involved in the Labour Plus Project.
  • Newry and Mourne has relatively large populations of both EU migrant workers and migrant workers on work permits. Migrants are filling significant gaps in the labour force, providing both skilled and unskilled labour. Migrant workers are found disproportionately in low skilled and low paid employment. Economic integration of Migrants has been identified as a major issue for the Council.
  • Members of the Irish Travelling Community are also resident within the area, this community faces discrimination on a daily basis. This has also been identified as an issue for the Council.
  • Participation in the Labour Plus Project offers Newry and Mourne District Council an opportunity  to exchange knowledge and practices with the other project partners and to improve and develop Economic Integration Strategies.

For more information please contact:

Shirley Keenan

Labour Plus Project Officer

Newry and Mourne District Council

Monaghan Row

Newry

BT35 8DJ

Telephone: 028 3031 3167

Email: shirley.keenan@nmandd.org

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Photograph

Former Mayor of Newry and Mourne Charlie Casey signing  the partnership agreement between Newry and Mourne District Council and Municipality of Nieuwegein, the Netherlands to deliver the INTERREG IVC Labour Plus Project.

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