Labour’s plans to tackle workforce issues have got the thumbs down from New Zealand business.
BusinessNZ says Labour’s proposal to tax employers who are not providing training would be a blunt instrument that would not fix the problem of skills shortages.
“The underlying problem is that many employers can’t get New Zealand staff, whether skilled or unskilled – and if they can’t get them, they can’t train them,” says chief executive Kirk Hope.
He says the proposal raises the issue of whether small businesses have the capacity to deliver training.
A subsidy for businesses to build capacity for training might be more practical.
“New Zealand businesses are practically all small businesses and they are not set up to be training establishments,” he said.
Business appreciates that a large number of young people are not in employment, education or training.
“However, taxing small businesses because they can’t find New Zealand staff does not help this and other issues involved in the complex area of skill shortages,” he said.
Labour released a Future of Work Commission report on Saturday that recommended a skills shortage levy on businesses that don’t provide training for staff.
You have to appreciate that Labour has spent a considerable amount of time trying to
fool convince business that it isn’t actually that scary.
Not that many people were convinced, but throwing more regulation and a new tax at it has had a predictable result.
The only time a business is approved by Labour is if it pays everyone at least the living wage, everyone is unionised, they are under a collective contract and men and women are paid exactly the same.
Does that sound like the conditions New Zealand business would like to operate under in a competitive and world-wide marketplace?
100 years of Labour. And they announce a new tax.
I’d ask “who’s running the show?”, but I think that would be assuming that someone actually is in control of anything that Labour blurts out.
– NZN via Yahoo!