Winston Peters wants to get the unemployed to help with the building of homes in struggling regions.
I can’t wait for the unions to dump all over that policy, and I can’t wait for Labour to try and nix the solution.
NZ First leader Winston Peters wants to use unemployed people to fix up dilapidated houses in struggling regions.
In a speech in Rotorua today, Mr Peters said his party had long had a community wage policy to get unemployed people into work.
“It is based on a combination of the unemployment benefit and the minimum wage, and amounts to a subsidy for paid work in any region,” he said.
Mr Peters said when full-time jobs did not exist local community leaders could name projects that would be started if money was made available.
Under the policy, an individual or a group of people could be working for a number of employers doing specific jobs.