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SuperValu store seeks off licence, fresh food, and butcher interns protesters gathered outside a store in Deansgrange in south Dublin yesterday over the move. protester Marie Hamrock outside the store. protester Marie Hamrock outside the store.
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SCAMBRIDGE.IE HAVE TARGETED a Supervalu store in south Dublin for advertising JobBridge internships that they say are “exploitative”.

The group protested outside the independent store yesterday, and have warned of an “escalation” of their campaign against other employers who seek interns through JobBridge.

“We intend to make the scheme too hot for any employer to go near and turn this abuse of the unemployed into a major issue in society,” Socialist MEP Paul Murphy said in a statement.

The positions advertised at the store in Deansgrange are for a Butcher Assistant, a Off Licence Sales Assistant, and a Sales Assistant in the Fresh Food Department.

The off licence internship is described as offering training and skills in “customer service skills, handling customer queries, handling cash, displays and basic wine and beer knowledge”, while in the Fresh Food Department skills in “customer service skills, basic food hygiene practices, stock rotation, stock control, temperature checks and customer queries” will be gained, the store writes.

The butchers assistant will gain “knowledge of different cuts of fresh meats”.

Another position as a bakery assistant has been advertised by the same shop, but not cited by in their protests.

Murphy argues that these employees could be trained in these roles in a matter of weeks rather than the months.

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In a statement, parent company of the independent store, Musgrave Group, said they support such schemes:

Musgrave supports the Government’s JobBridge scheme and is supportive of any of our independent retail partners who offer work placements to individuals as part of a development opportunity to secure employment.

The company added that, separately, its own JobBridge interns receive six weeks of training from the Irish Institute of Leadership & Management (IILM).

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