The Occupy movement is an international protest movement against social and economic inequality, its primary goal being to make the economic structure and power relations in society fairer.
With this in mind, I have started this thread for those interested in sharing ideas on how to improve Ireland. You will be expected to provide an economic plan (doesn't have to be fully thought through, yet) which will make the economic structure and power relations in society fairer.
Hopefully, after you make a submission, other posters will critique them and this may, just may, lead to some sound ideas coming from this website.
My own idea:
We have a serious problem with the public finances on our hands. Especially in the social welfare department and this cannot continue. I do not want to just cut the dole and other benefits because you are in serious danger of spiraling the situation into furthur despair.
We need to create a wider gulf between those who work and those who do not. This would hopefully end to a certain extent, the life on benefits claim.
You do not need to slash benefits in order to do this.
I suggest that the government create a national plan with ISME so that SME's will get a tax break of some kind in return for raising the mininum wage and numbers employed by them. The tax break will cover this extra cost and a small benefit to the SME's extra to that cost in order to entice them to follow it.
While we will have lost revenue from the new tax break, the extra money going into employee's pockets will be spent in the economy and more people may get jobs with the SME's also. The extra funding will act as it's own stimulus in the wider economy.
There would be a wider gulf between those on benefits and those working as a result. This would motivate people to find work, where a national scheme will be in place anyway such as Fás2.0 to help train, upskill and follow through to actually finding jobs.
Over time, we will be able to reduce the social welfare bill as a result.
Raise Mininum wage.
Provide tax breaks for SME's to allow this.
Create gulf between employed and unemployed.
Get a motivated unemployed.
Spin off effects will create more jobs.
Slowly reduce welfare bill without causing despair.
I look forward to reading your submissions.