5,000 Pub Jobs Lost In 12 Months

A leading publicans group has called on the Government to protect the jobs of bar workers after almost 5,000 jobs were lost in the sector in the last year.

The Vintners' Federation of Ireland (VFI), said yesterday that the industry was in turmoil with the closure of 1,700 pubs in the past five years – with 250 alone in the last 12 months.

The VFI revealed the results of a study it ad carried out detailing the failings in the sector, which showed "the precarious state the pub trade is now in".

The survey found that 81% of pub owners reported their revenue was down for the summer period May-July 2009 compared with the same period last year, while half of respondents said they had made reductions to their workforce.

Padraig Cribben, Cheif Executive Officer of the VFI said: "We are now calling on the Government to help us save the pub trade in Ireland and to prevent more closures and job losses. Incentivising those in the hospitality sector to encourage employment would be one such move as would reducing the VAT rates and ensuring that SMEs have access to credit facilities.

"Water and commercial rates are also way too high in this country and they are crippling publicans. We would also strongly urge the Minister for Transport not to reduce the blood alcohol levels for drivers as this will have no impact on road fatalities and will directly lead to pub closures and job losses."

The VFI also made a series of recommendations to help support the sector, including an extension to the recently announced initiatives and incentives to encourage employment in the manufacturing sector to the hospitality sector, a reduction in VAT rates from 21.5% to 15% and an assurance that the current permissible blood alcohol levels for drivers be kept at 80mgs.


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