Before the election National’s “Employment & Workplace Relations” policy set out the principle of “building opportunity for all”, and the need to “Expand job opportunities for those having difficulty getting work -like young, inexperienced people or new immigrants.”
The Job Summit talk-fest paid plenty of lip service to the importance of jobs:
Key: [Jobs] count for real people. They matter for the families and loved ones who depend on them. Our task today is to come up with practical, achievable steps we can take to save and create as many jobs as possible.
There has been plenty more rhetoric:
Key: The Government’s Jobs and Growth plan aims to have as many people in work as possible during this recession, while ensuring recovery, and the jobs it will bring with it, comes as soon as possible.
English: We are particularly concerned that the economy creates new jobs. The burden of a recession falls most harshly on those who lose their jobs and on their communities. We owe them every effort to create the opportunity for a new job.
Key (on 18 March): You can expect the National-led Government to show an ongoing commitment to apprenticeships, industry-based training, and skills development.
And so on. Now today, the reality:
Budget tighten-up axes jobs scheme
A subsidy scheme that has financed more than 200 projects to create local jobs around the country has been axed.
This was a cheap scheme creating jobs at the local level, just the sort of thing we need. Now it’s gone.