40,000?

The Owl has been observant again:

40,000 Jobs lost says EMPU and Greens – Observation by the Owl

EMPU Bill Newson and Greens Co-Leader Mr Norman have been quoting 40,000 job losses in manufacturing since 2008 over the weekend.

Brenda Pilott from the PSA tweeted recently that the National Government has cut 5,000 jobs in central government.

Observation by the Owl

Department of Labour figures show:

Union membership for Manufacturing has decreased 14,579 from 2008 (65,025) to 2012 (50,446).

The PSA Union membership increased 3,003 from 2008 (55,333) to 2012 (58,336).

General Public Service numbers (combining Education, Health and Govt Administration Services and Defence) have increased in membership from 203,999 to 241,202 (up 37,203).

The Owl doesn’t like job losses as much as anyone else but I would greatly appreciate if someone from the EPMU, Greens or PSA could send a detailed list of the 40,000 losses by company and where the 5,000 government jobs were cut from?

Separating any losses from Christchurch should also be done – this is a unique statistic which over time will recover.

I am confused.


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