Grant Robertson has never worked in the real world or held down a private sector job or even employed someone directly.
Yet, he thinks he has all the solutions for business and employers.
One solution is to tax the bejesus out of them if they aren’t “training” someone who is a Kiwi. Every small business out there is now afraid of Labour. Take my small business, for instance, I employ one person. I am not training anyone else. Do I get taxed?
There are many more questions, and after such a big annoucement, after two years work, you’d think labour has answers. They do not.
Labour’s finance spokesman Grant Robertson has denied a proposed ‘training levy’ was a crackdown on the use of migrant labour or would disadvantage businesses for using migrant workers.
The proposal was included in Labour’s ‘The Future of Work’ programme as a solution to train the local New Zealand workforce and aimed at industries which relied on migrant workers because of skills shortages.
However, Robertson denied the levy was aimed at penalising the use of migrant workers instead of New Zealanders.
“We are levying businesses that are not doing their bit to train up a New Zealand work force. Immigration, skilled workers will always be part of the mix but we’ve got to do a better job of training New Zealanders.”
He said businesses would not have to pay the levy if they provided training to any workers – whether they were migrants or New Zealanders.