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An unrelenting focus on jobs

Written By: - Date published: 9:45 am, February 3rd, 2012 - 9 comments
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9 comments on “An unrelenting focus on jobs”

  1. John Dalley 1

    Say’s it all really.

  2. Fisiani 2

    Correct. Save the congratulations till 2014.
    http://www.national.org.nz/priorities2012.aspx

    • Blighty 2.1

      Fisiani, 3rd February 2015
      OK, so National didn’t meet its promises on jobs, again. Just wait until 2017!

      Oh, wait, you kicked National out of office for incompetence….

    • Georgecom 2.2

      Whats so special about that ‘speech’. Key still recycling most of his 2008 speak without having delivered. Still going on about a ‘brighter future’, whilst the present and the 3 years past has been his failure to deliver.

      An ‘unrelenting focus on jobs’? A ‘rolling maul’ of jobs and growth creation initiatives?

      Or reality, a ‘rolling maul’ of job destruction initiatives.
      http://tvnz.co.nz/business-news/job-losses-furniture-maker-4710819

      I guess we’ll have to wait for the re-election of a left government to deliver the Brighter Future.

  3. Ianupnorth 3

    Meanwhile, http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10783162

    New Zealand recorded its biggest-ever net loss of migrants to Australia in 2011, underlining the appeal of life across the Tasman, where wages are higher, jobs more plentiful and living standards are superior.

  4. randal 4

    economic growth comes from productivity or introduction of new enterprises and a large residual. i.e. large labour forces that can transfer from a low wage position to a high wage position.
    new zealand is obviously efficient otherwise we would not be selling our goods in the world.
    the government is trying to increase “EFFICIENCY” by casualising workforces and driving down wages but this is only a shot term expedient.
    by the time the country has emptied out and costs have been cut to the bone there wont be much left for anyone except the final price takers at the end of the chain.
    the government must show that is not just flapping its gums and outline some plans for real growth instead of just slicing up the pie for the benefit of its friends.

  5. rosy 5

    Odds on that if there is an unrelenting focus will be on unpaid work placements.

    The high street book store Waterstones has pulled out of a government scheme that employed unpaid jobseekers in its stores after a Guardian investigation uncovered the practice at one of its outlets.

    Nearly a dozen other high street chains have been taking on unemployed workers for weeks without pay as part of the scheme…

    In his autumn statement in November, the chancellor, George Osborne, announced that the number of eight-week work experience placements would be massively extended to 250,000 places over three years to be funded from the £940m youth contract…

    A full-time employee at one Holland and Barrett store, who did not want to be identified, said they believed the placements were starting to replace paid work.

    “We have had a number of placements in our store and have noticed that the hours for part-time staff have been reduced. Staff are upset because we are all struggling to make ends meet,” the employee said.

    “The real benefactors of this scheme are the companies who receive millions of pounds worth of labour absolutely free of charge and the losers are the jobseekers who see potential jobs being filled by workfare placements for months at a time and the loyal part-timers who find their regular overtime hours savagely cut.”

    A couple of weeks work experience is one thing – but extended placements is something else altogether. With this and the more professional ‘intern’ schemes I can’t see why and employer would ever actually have to hire a young person.

  6. foreign waka 6

    None of the politician or economist want to tell the people that there is no such thing as unlimited growth. Resources are starting to run out. Peak oil is just one, water will be next, so is arable land. These are the basics any society needs to survive and one can guess what the backlash will be once the impact is felt in the day to day life of people. We need to reduce waste, if possible to next to zero. This would be an excellent start to utilize all the resources to the max – recycling would create work. Using water in different ways, using alternative power sources – what is wrong with solar panels. Production and installation, maintenance would create work. These could be introduces in the same way as insulation for homes. Some start is needed, why not with these?

    • Colonial Viper 6.1

      Yep. Its like a bad dysfunctional relationship. As long as you keep receiving gifts, trinkets and perks you turn a blind eye on how they are obtained or when they might run out.

      The middle class and upper middle class (approx the top quintile of the population by income) want to be lied to, want to be told that their unsustainable lifestyles and consumption is sustainable, and will vote in politicians who will lie the best to give them that reassurance.

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    GreensBy Denise Roche MP
    1 week ago
  • Single Use Plastic Bags campaign – Some wins and some green-washing
    As we near the end of Plastic Free July I’m nearing the conclusion of my Say No To Plastic Bag tour when I will have completed all 30 of my public meetings. The campaign was designed to work with community… ...
    GreensBy Denise Roche MP
    1 week ago
  • Minister must take responsibility for problem gambling debacle
    The Government’s handling of the Problem Gambling Foundation’s axing in a cost-cutting exercise has been ham-fisted and harmful to some of the most vulnerable people in society, Associate Health Labour spokesperson David Clark says.“Today’s court ruling overturning the axing of… ...
    1 week ago
  • Labour will not support TPP if it undermines NZ sovereignty
    The Labour Party will not support the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement unless key protections for New Zealanders are met, Opposition leader Andrew Little says.“Labour supports free trade. However, we will not support a TPP agreement that undermines New Zealand’s sovereignty. ...
    1 week ago
  • Coleman can’t ignore latest warnings
    Resident doctors have advised that a severe staffing shortage at North Shore Hospital is putting patients’ lives at risk, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “They say a mismatch between staffing levels and patient workloads at North Shore has… ...
    1 week ago
  • ACC must remove barriers to appeals
    The Government must prioritise removing barriers to justice for ACC claimants following a damning report by Acclaim Otago, Labour’s ACC spokesperson Sue Moroney says. “ACC Minister Nikki Kaye must urgently scrap her flawed plan to remove claimant’s right to redress… ...
    1 week ago
  • Six months’ paid parental leave back on the agenda
    Six months’ paid parental leave is back on the agenda and a step closer to reality for Kiwi parents after Labour’s new Member’s Bill was pulled from today’s ballot, the Bill’s sponsor and Labour MP Sue Moroney says. “My Bill… ...
    1 week ago
  • Sole parents at risk of having no income
    New requirements for sole parents to undertake a reapplication process after a year is likely to mean a large number will face benefit cancellations, but not because they have obtained work, Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni says. “Increasing numbers… ...
    1 week ago
  • Juking the Welfare Stats Again
    Last week the government’s major initiative to combat child poverty (a paltry $25 increase) was exposed for what it is, a lie. The Government, through the Budget this year, claims to be engaging in the child poverty debate, but instead,… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    1 week ago
  • OCR rate cut a result of flagging economy
    The Reserve Bank's decision to cut the Official Cash Rate to 3 per cent shows there is no encore for the so-called 'rock star' economy, says Labour's Finance Spokesperson Grant Robertson.   "Today's interest rate cut comes off the back… ...
    1 week ago
  • Reboot to an innovation economy, an Internet economy and a clean economy
    In my short 33 years on this planet we’ve seen phenomenal technological, economic and social change, and it’s realistic to expect the next 33 will see even more, even faster change. You can see it in the non-descript warehouse near… ...
    GreensBy Gareth Hughes MP
    1 week ago
  • Bill that puts the environment into the EPA passes first hurdle
    A Bill that puts the environment squarely into legislation governing the Environmental Protection Authority passed its first reading today, says Meka Whaitiri.  “I introduced this member’s bill as the current law doesn’t actually make protecting the environment a goal of… ...
    1 week ago
  • Key’s KiwiSaver deception exposed
    KiwiSaver statistics released today expose John Key's claim that the cutting of the kickstart payment "will not make a blind bit of difference to the number of people who join KiwiSaver” to be duplicitous, says Labour Finance Spokesperson Grant Robertson.  “Official… ...
    1 week ago
  • Minimum Wage Amendment Bill to protect contractors
    All New Zealanders should be treated fairly at work. Currently, the law allows non-employment relationships to be used to get around the minimum wage. This is unfair, says Labour MP David Parker. “The Minimum Wage (Contractor Remuneration) Amendment Bill, a… ...
    1 week ago
  • Bill raises bar to protect Kiwi farmland
    The Government’s rubber-stamping of every one of the nearly 400 applications from overseas investors to buy New Zealand farm land over the last three years proves tougher laws are needed, Labour MP Phil Goff says. “In the last term of… ...
    1 week ago
  • Costly flag referendum should be dumped
    John Key must ditch the flag referendum before any more taxpayer money is wasted, Opposition Leader Andrew Little says. “Millions of dollars could be saved if the Prime Minister called a halt to this hugely expensive, and highly unpopular, vanity… ...
    1 week ago
  • Nats letting Serco off scot free
    Government members have prevented Parliament’s Law and Order select committee from getting answers out of a senior Serco director about the fight clubs being run at Mt Eden prisons, says Labour’s Corrections Spokesperson Kelvin Davis. “At today’s Law and Order… ...
    1 week ago

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