The 9 day fortnight scheme has finally been announced but I’ve got a few questions:
Why do the taxpayer and the worker have to pay but the employer not?
What about free training? Surely that would fit with the productivity argument National’s been making?
Does anyone realise that those on the average wage would take a greater than 6% pay cut under this scheme?
There’s $20m put aside. That’s less than half the cycleway. Or 30 job summits. What kind of commitment to keeping people in work is that?
If this government is all about how important small business is then why is it only companies with more than 100 workers that are eligible for the scheme?
You get 10 workers on the scheme for every one you can prove you needed to make redundant. Who checks the books? Will there be an expanded bureaucracy to do it?
Will workers on sites with no union be forced by their employers to take this pay cut?
If not, where is the provision to stop that happening?
Why doesn’t the scheme extend to the public service? For example, the Environment Ministry?
Why is the CTU backing this?
Update: I just heard John Key on the radio saying he “hoped” employers would top the rate up. John you don’t have to “hope” if you design the scheme so employers have to pay some kind of top up.
John’s problem is he doesn’t want to do anything centrist like make employers share the pain with their workers but he doesn’t want to be seen as the right-wing guy that made sure it’s taxpayers and workers that foot the bill.
I say actions speak louder than spin.