Employment

Bob Jones on the living wage

Yesterday Bob Jones gave his considered opinion on the living wage.

He has spent some considerable time talking to retailers about costs in their businesses, which led him to a discussion on wages and staffing:

My inquiry as to the best employees brought an unsurprising answer – new immigrants by a country mile. What particularly interested me was the salaries for what’s essentially menial work. In most cases they’re on the minimum wage. Any more and they’re out of business, he said, and I believe him.

I mention all of this in the context of the absurdly titled living wage clamour, the noise invariably coming from leftish critics not employing anyone, nor ever likely to. There are exceptions. Two leftie Wellington city councillors, respective owners of small city retail food businesses, led the charge recently for menial task council employees to be paid the so-called living wage. Inquiry however, revealed their own employees were on the minimum wage.

“We’d go broke,” they wailed when their hypocrisy was exposed. It was classic left do as I say, not as I do, double standards. Everyone benefits from a high wage economy as it increases spending power and thus the economy. But it also necessarily increases prices which no one wants to meet, thus shop assistants are the lowest paid sector in the work force, despite being one of the largest.   Read more »

Jobs, jobs, jobs

A member of the Ground Crew reports in:

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I was driving back from Hawkes Bay today and saw this on the Takapau Plains. Silver Fern Farms meat processing plant seem desperate for people to work.

Central Hawkes Bay would be as cheap as chips to live in with low rents.

Buying a house might even be affordable for the dear souls in AKL. Even Petrol ($2.09.9 verses $2.23.9 in WLG) is cheaper.   Read more »

Face of the day

Laila Harre

Laila Harre

I watched 3rd Degree last night where three of Dotcom’s ex employees were interviewed.

It was a shocker.
I wonder if Laila Harre was watching and how deep in denial she actually is. Remember Laila is pro union and pro workers rights. She doesn’t believe in a class system as we are all equal. She would never call anyone SIR for example.

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Oh dear. This won’t go down well in the War Room

The Household Labour Force Survey results are out:

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More people are working and unemployment has fallen to 5.6 percent according to the latest figures from Statistics New Zealand. Read more »

Labour relaunches their Hobbit Hater policy

Labour has re-launched their Hobbit Hater policy at the behest of the unions, proving that their investment in purchasing David Cunliffe and the 20% vote for the leadership has provided a cash for policy arrangement that is giving their leaders sticky knickers.

The Labour Party wants to repeal the law changes that were ceded to Warner Bros over The Hobbit films, a move which the Government says would cripple the $3 billion screen industry.

Labour leader David Cunliffe and MP Andrew Little launched the party’s work and wages policy yesterday, which included a boost to the minimum wage, and a commission of inquiry into workplace conditions.

Here’s an idea…why don;t they just declare a wages crisis, and in short order National will fix the problem. Seems to have worked for manufacturing and housing…it’s worth a crack.

So Labour wants to kill off the film industry in NZ, Dotcom’s party just wants to steal it, and the Greens want to destroy the oil and gas industry.

They really are the wrecking ball of the NZ economy.

But wait it gets worse…Labour also wants to kill jobs.  Read more »

Fenton wrong on contract labour

Darien Fenton has gone out to the media attacking modern work practices:

Employers are increasingly using temporary or contract staff in place of permanent positions, according to a new report.

Labour says that’s bad news because the workers have no rights and no defence against arbitrary dismissal.

MP Darien Fenton is citing a report by recruitment agency Hays which says 64 per cent of employers now use temporary or contract staff.

And 18 per cent say they intend increasing their use of those staff.

“Contractors have no employment rights at all, including no minimum wage, no holidays and no rights to protection against unfair dismissal,” Ms Fenton said.

“At its worst, temporary workers are used to replace good, well-paying jobs with agencies who employ workers on minimum wage to do essentially the same work as those they work alongside.”

Ms Fenton says even more disturbing is that some employers admitted using temporary and contract work as a means to assess ongoing employment.

“The 90-day trial period was supposed to provide a way for evaluating suitability of employment, yet employers are continuing to dream up new devices to avoid the obligations of employment law and put the risk back on workers,” she said. Read more »

Survey: 59% of bosses battling to fill jobs

“I know”, says David Cunliffe, leader of the NZ Labour Party, “I have a brilliant idea to solve the Auckland housing shortage.  Let’s cut immigration from 40,000 down to 5,000″.

James Ihaka shows why this is another Labour policy that crumbles within 48 hours of having been made up on the hoof

New Zealand ranks seventh among the top 10 countries that are having problems finding highly skilled staff, thanks largely to the Christchurch rebuild and construction and infrastructure developments in Auckland, a survey shows.

The figure is up from 48 per cent in 2012 and 51 per cent last year.

The survey of more than 650 Kiwi employers found engineers are the most in-demand employees followed by those in skilled trades.

Accounting and finance staff came in third, ahead of management and executive positions as the fourth most in demand.

Matt Love-Smith, general manager of Manpower Group New Zealand, said despite the country having an unemployment rate of 6 per cent, employers were battling to find highly skilled staff.

We need capable, high skilled migrants.  We need people to help run our country, generate GDP and contribute to the tax take.    Read more »

Labour donation facade SMASHED – Observation by the Owl

From today the Owl will start to take the lid off Labour’s Union donations and campaigns.

The first question I started with was this.

Why are unions not making any donations to Labour party especially in election year?

This is an incredible situation.

There is a clear rule under donation declaration that services in lieu must be reported along as cash donations.

Today the Owl SMASHES the situation and will show how donations are now replaced by campaigns. Before anyone says the Owl is a foolhardy – just remember this very important fact – it took 18 months but finally a numbers of unions had to declare millions in accounted funds.  Read more »

Now, don’t laugh, but I think I found a decent trained and skilled one at the Herald

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Following up from my piece about the need to be be widely read to decipher what the “Truth” really is, I stumbled – incredulously – across this piece:

Brian Fallow at the Herald writes about the Household labour force survey and doesn’t just pick the side that makes one political party look good.   We get both sides

Employment grew strongly in the first three months of the year but so did the supply of workers, leaving unemployment unchanged and wage pressures subdued.

Statistics New Zealand’s household labour force survey recorded a rise of 22,000 or 0.9 per cent in the number of people employed in the March quarter, but that was matched by a 22,000 increase in the labour force, leaving the unemployment level unchanged at 147,000 and the unemployment rate steady at 6 per cent.

Over the year ended March the working age population increased by 50,000, boosted by a strong net inflow of migrants.

But the labour force grew by 82,000 over the same period as the participation rate (the employed and those looking for work, as a share of the working age population) climbed to 69.3 per cent – a record high and up from 67.9 per cent a year ago.

So.

More jobs to go around at the same time as more people joined looking for work.

No discernible spin.

As rare as it is amazing.

 

Welfare reforms in UK encouraging entrepreurial spirit

Good news out of the UK as welfare reforms appear to be working well.

Benefit cuts are pushing more people into self-employment and helping to create a new generation of entrepreneurs, the Bank of England has suggested

The Bank announced that one of the most “striking” features of the economic recovery has been the record 4.5 million Britons who are now self-employed.

According to official figures, the number of self-employed workers has risen by more than 600,000 since 2010, accounting for more than a third of the 1.5 million new jobs created since then.

The Bank said the trend was partly down to government welfare reforms, such as the £26,000 benefits cap, pushing people back into work. Iain Duncan Smith, the Work and Pensions Secretary, claimed that the figures were evidence that the Coalition was reviving Britain’s “entrepreneurial spirit”.

He told The Telegraph: “Every one of our welfare reforms has been about getting Britain working, so it’s encouraging to see the Bank of England explicitly linking our reforms with the strength of the UK labour market.    Read more »