Richard Harman at Politik has an interview with Grant Robertson…where it is all about jobs…and he’s been thinking a lot.
The funny thing is that Grant Robertson has never had a real job and he is the supposed genius who is going to solve all our problems?
This is the year that Labour will try and shift the goal posts that define the economic debate in New Zealand politics.
In one of the most fundamental shakeups of the way the party thinks about the economy and itself it is proposing to build its policies around the way the workplace has changed.
Labour, which will celebrate its 100th anniversary this year, has always been the “workers’ party” where the workers were employees of big companies or organisations` which either processed, transported or manufactured physical products.
But these days manufacturing (in which Statistics NZ includes construction) accounts for less than 20% of gdp — service industries make up 66% of the economy.
And just as important as this shift has been the way we work. Labour faces this on the doorsteps of South Auckland among its huge Pasifika support base where people work two or three jobs, some part time, and some casual.
The old notions of security of employment has long since gone.
It has fallen to Grant Robertson to try and pull together the party’s response to this which he is doing by a massive consultation process.
So far he has been producing papers, talking to groups, unions, companies and individuals.