unemployment

The callous heartlessness of Labour’s new policy

In March of this year Andrew Little said this:

Labour leader Andrew Little said the government was creating a generation of “working poor”.

The minimum wage is still too low for the many workers who are dependent on it.”

Mr Little said the rise of $18 a week in take-home pay would only just cover rent rises.

And the head of the CTU said this:

Council of Trades Unions president Richard Wagstaff said the “miniscule” increases to the minimum wage would leave people treading water.

“We need to do a real jolt so the people on the minimum wage are actually earning enough to actually live properly.”

Lobby group Living Wage Aotearoa estimates $19.80 per hour is needed to maintain a decent standard of living.

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Dodgy policy, dodgy sums, dodgy leader

Andrew Little

Red Claire must have drawn the short straw to attend Labour’s 100th conference. She’s certainly not happy about it, having written three negative articles.

Andrew Little will probably label her a right-winger.

She exposes the stupidity of his youth employment policy.

Labour leader Andrew Little says a proposal to give unemployed young people six months of full-time community work at the minimum wage will not be compulsory but there will be an expectation they take part – and possible sanctions if they don’t.

Little released the policy at the party’s annual conference in Auckland, where the focus is on jobs.

Expected to cost $60 million a year, it will provide unemployed people under the age of 24 with “jobs” in the community and environment, such as pest control work or riparian planting with the Department of Conservation, local councils or charities such as City Missions and food banks.

Dubbed “Ready for Work” it will be for those who have been on the dole for at least six months – but will pay the minimum wage of $15.25 an hour rather than the dole.

Little said those on the dole for more than six months would be expected to take part.

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Andrew Little is an idiot. Launches jobs policy platform when unemployment is 4.9%

via One News

via One News

Only the terminally stupid and politically retarded would make a massive issue out of jobs and unemployment when New Zealand has record low unemployment.

Red Claire keeps putting the boot in:

Lest there was any doubt Labour’s conference was about jobs, leader Andrew Little announced the solution to youth unemployment was in an Andrew’s Army of rat hunters and bush whackers and even gave himself a job.

Andrew’s Army will come in the form of Labour’s new policy to offer under-24 year olds on the dole a 6-month stint working in community jobs such as on the Conservation estate in pest eradication or path maintenance.

The job Little set for himself was to win the 2017 election.

Good luck with that.

Labour’s delegates have clearly decided he is ready to govern – and in Labour that is no mean feat.

The bigger problem is convincing the rest of the country of that.

This party conference was all about putting on a show of being ready to govern.   Read more »

Labour continues hating on foreigners with new Wog or Chink Tax

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Labour forgets that they apologised to the Chinese community about the Chinese poll tax that New Zealand once had.

Now Labour is wanting to bring back something similar, and tax employers who employ foreign workers.

Labour leader Andrew Little has proposed a tax on employers who rely on workers from overseas instead of training local workers saying it was a way to make sure businesses were “doing their bit”.

The ‘training levy’ would be imposed on businesses in areas of skills shortages, such as chefs, construction, IT and tour guides where migrant workers are used.

However, companies that could prove they were already actively training New Zealanders for such jobs would be exempt.   Read more »

Photo Of The Day

Bandit's Roost, located in the notorious Mulberry Bend fifty-seven years after "Petition to Have the Five Points Opened," in 1831. Picture by Jacob Riis, 1888.

Bandit’s Roost, located in the notorious Mulberry Bend fifty-seven years after “Petition to Have the Five Points Opened,” in 1831. Picture by Jacob Riis, 1888.

How the Other Half Lived

Round Mulberry Bend …

In the old-timey days of New York’s Lower-East Side ‘down near what is now Federal Plaza, Mulberry Street used to bend leading you directly into the depths of the Five Points. Well-to-do city folk considered “the bend” to be the cut off, or point of no return as it were since beyond that elbow in the street a man might expect to lose much more than a pitiful rookerful of change.

During the mid-to-late 1800s, New York City was rocked by an epidemic of gang violence. Crime was especially rampant in Manhattan neighbourhoods like Five Points, Hell’s Kitchen, the Fourth Ward and the Bowery, where back alleys and tenements became infested with thieves, hustlers and street thugs. These groups trafficked in everything from robbery and prostitution to murder, and their names could strike fear into the hearts of even the most crime-hardened city dwellers. From river pirates to knife-wielding adolescents, get the facts on seven of 19th century New York’s most notorious street gangs.
There was ‘an unparalleled era of wickedness” in the last 25 years of the 19th Century, as ragtag street gangs matured into organized criminal enterprises. One was based in the teeming Five Points neighbourhood on Mulberry Bend — the same area that later became the Mafia’s haunt on Mulberry Street.

At Five Points’ “height,” only certain areas of London’s East End vied with it in the western world for sheer population density, disease, infant and child mortality, unemployment, prostitution, violent crime, and other classic ills of the urban destitute.

Five Points is alleged to have sustained the highest murder rate of any slum in the world. According to an old New York urban legend, the Old Brewery, an overcrowded tenement on Cross Street housing 1,000 poor, is said to have had a murder a night for 15 years, until its demolition in 1852.

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More good news

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via ODT

The number of people on a main benefit has fallen below 280,000 for the first time since 2008.

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says it dropped by 4369, or 1.5 percent, in the year to March.

That took the total number of people receiving a main benefit down to 279,891. Read more »

How the EPMU and declining media hurt my home town

I went on a road trip down memory lane last weekend to show my daughter where I grew up. Our family home was across the road from a walkway that led to Kawerau Central School, which was my primary school. We visited my old home, which was neat as a pin in a street that had a number of neglected homes in need of repair.

My old family home in Kawerau PHOTO-Whaleoil.co.nz

My old family home in Kawerau
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I wanted to show my daughter my old school but was puzzled as to why the walkway was blocked off. When we tried to access the school from another street we realised the sad truth: it was gone.

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In 2011 the remaining three primary schools in Kawerau were merged into one and the intermediate-aged students were merged with Kawerau College, which was renamed Tarawera High School. They did this because they were losing 60+ students a year from each school. So, what happened to this once prosperous and vibrant town of my childhood?

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Rockstar economy: Hey Mr DJ, put another record on

Things are going really quite badly for the Labour Party. The economy is doing fine.

The New Zealand economy is forecast to grow by three percent this year, despite weaker dairy prices.

The New Zealand Institute of Economic Research (NZIER) says it expects annual GDP growth to recover to around three percent in 2016, and it will average 2.5 percent for the following years.

The NZIER says growth picked up late last year thanks to strong population growth, construction and tourism.

It predicts they will be “the key driving forces behind solid growth for the next few years”.

But the NZIER’s senior economist Christina Leung is warning that: “The current volatility in global financial markets is a reminder of how quickly sentiment can change. Financial markets are adjusting to the realisation that the Federal Reserve will gradually normalise interest rates in the world’s largest economy. This has raised fears about the durability of the recovery in the global economy”.

The NZIER says that despite the pick-up in economic activity, inflation in New Zealand remains very weak. This is due in large part to lower petrol prices.

“However, lower petrol prices have also reduced costs for households and businesses and encouraged spending. The decline in petrol prices from a year ago represents a $200 annual boost to each household’s wallets. Although wage growth is subdued, it is still outpacing consumer price inflation, resulting in real wage growth for many households.”

Economic growth and real wage growth due to increased spending power. Hands up those who think Matt McCarten is bashing his head on his desk yelling, “How long can this last?”  Read more »

Oh look, how inconvenient for Labour

Last year Andrew Little was stating that Labour’s focus was going to be on “jobs, jobs, jobs”. Grant Robertson is talking about the “Future of Work” and Andrew Little echoed that by talking about the rise of the robots…and nasty car washes.

Carmel Sepuloni thinks the statistics are wrong and calls for the government to be more transparent on job figures.

Grant Robertson even predicted that unemployment was going to balloon:

At the Select Committee Bill English appeared bewildered as to why unemployment is at 6%, higher than Australia, the US or the UK. He had no explanation as to why he has been unable to get unemployment any lower than the 5.6% recorded last year. With unemployment set to head towards 7% in the coming year, it is reckless that the government still has no plan to address this.

Apparently the government isn’t doing enough on jobs…and employment.

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Terrible news for Labour: New Zealand’s feeling gooooood

Turns out all the talk of New Zealand going to hell in a handcart by the left and supported and amplified by the Media Party is falling on deaf ears.

New Zealanders will end the year brimming with confidence, according to three indicators out in the past few days.

First, the ANZ Business Outlook showed business confidence rising to an eight-month high in December.

The ANZ Job Ads series lifted a further 2% in November, the third monthly rise in a row and the first time that had occurred since early 2014.

And yesterday, the Westpac McDermott Miller consumer confidence index ended the year on 110.7 points and a level just below the long-term average of 111.5.

The All Blacks won the World Cup.  Summer is here.  We’re all thinking about the bach, the beach, the boat.  And we’re feelin’ goooood.   Read more »