Stupid laws from Stupid Meddling Socialists

The repeal of the Disabled Person's in Employment Act is a completely rooted law passed supposedly to protect disabled people from those mean profit driven bosses. Of course they neglect to observe that employing a disabled person actually costs you more and takes more resources so a profit driven employer (ie evil) will hardly be likely to employ a disabled person in the first place.

I posted sometime ago that my Brother in law lost his "job" if you can call it that as a result of this stupid law. His workshop closed because the 15 disabled people now had to be paid the minimum wage by law on top of the supervising staff. Of course the fact that the staff to disabled person ratio was 1 to 4 should show that this was hardly a viable profit making enterprise, but no, minimum wage for their "jobs" it must be. The reality is that there are now no jobs for my brother in law.

Today we received the attached letter from the guys that mow our lawns. Now I got them to mow our lawns becasue of a number of reasons, one being is is partly my way of donating whilst at the same time giving these folk something worthwile to do. They do a really good job but there are six or seven of them plus a staff member to supervise the supervising staff where you would need only one able bodied person to do the same job. Now because of the repeal of the Disabled Person's in Employment Act none of them have jobs because their organisation has to pay them all minimum wage.

So with this letter from IDEA
( Intellectual Disability Empowerment In Action ) telling me that the 6
Intellectually Handicapped Men who have cheerfully and with great
enthusiasum mowed our lawns for over 3 years now have lost their jobs
thanks to this Shitty law.
Thanks to bloody LABOUR these men now lose the satisfaction of doing REAL work! Now they are doomed to regular "activities" like visiting the library.
Labour have ruined these guys lives! How stupid can they be for gods sake? I could cry!

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  • If there was one Labour law that I thought was a piece of idealogical clap-trap, it was this.  It was obviously designed and pushed through by theorical bureaucrats and a small group of agitators in the disabled lobby (against the overwhelming advice of the workshops, the workers, and their families) and has made Intellectually Disabled People poorer.

    I did some work with the Whitford Brown workshop in Titahi Bay – they stopped paying everyone cash, and instead they now all work voluntary and any profit goes into the Social Club.  So, instead of supplementing their Invalid's benefits, they now go on outings to the movies, or trips to the South Island.

    I have to go now as I'm so angry at that stupid loser Ruth Dyson!

  • pdq

    At the risk of repeating myself, the Heroes (Labour) had to look after these losers (those with an impairment) by controlling the bastards (you and me really).  Of course the latter who provided an opportunity for those with disabilities to get active and feel valued for making a contribution is irrelevant to the Heroes. 


    My mother works at the coal-face with intellectually disabled teens and young adults.  She has seen them denied the opportunities they had as they are now cast into "day-care" instead of being out and about doing things with their contemporaries and in their words "having fun doing stuff with their friends" and generally feeling worthy of employment.  It saddens me that such partisan ideology should break the very spirits it exploits as poster-children for its cause. 


    By that measure, which is really the Bastard?



  • Spanishbride

    Daycare is a very apt description. They are certainly being treated like very young children.

    My Dad last night told me of another man who has lost his job.

    He was well known and liked by all the customers of a local supermarket. His job was collecting the trollies and he loved it. He was always cheerful and friendly and knew customers by name. He needed some supervision but not a lot. The supermarket was happy to employ him.

    Now due to the law insisting that he be paid min wage he is out of a job as the supermarket cannot afford to pay full wages to both him and his supervisor.

    Now he is in daycare!
  • pdq

    This got me thinking about the irrepressibly happiest person I ever regularly saw who the guy you describe but working at a supermarket in Wellington. He took pride at laughing at the wind and rain as he went about collecting trolleys and helping elderly with their bags.  He seemed to work with a sense of pride and I am guessing that if you asked his employers they would have said that he was the most diligent employee they had. 

    He provided the supermarket with a service it otherwise would not bother having, and he seemed to enjoy what he was doing.  I think he actually just liked the contact with those of us who stopped to chat with him – they got to be lenghty chats about his soccor skills and how he didn't like it when people took their trolley back to the stands because they didn't stack them properly which in his word was dangerous because of the wind.  And he had a point as my car will demonstrate.

    He's not there any more and I wonder what has become of him – and if there is anything I could do for him.



    That is what happens when the "Heroes" on the left get involved in a mutually acceptable arrangement, they regulate, the position becomes unsustainable, and the two parties who were actually enjoying their association part their ways.  Good one.