Total Disconnect

So on the day that Shearer re-announces a Labour policy that he’d subsidise businesses to take on people from the dole….

Fenton tries to score a point in Parliament by claiming the act of asking if someone is on the dole is a breach of their human rights.

Total disconnect. But wait…as the ad says there’s more…

Now the Greens have unwittingly announced they oppose Shearer’s apprentice subsidy

The Green Party today lodged a complaint with the Human Rights Commission over the Minimum Wage (Starting-out Wage) Amendment Bill.

The proposed legislation will mean that from April next year, employers will be able to pay 18- and 19-year-olds entering the workforce after spending more than six months on a benefit significantly less than the minimum wage.

“National’s return to youth rates very clearly discriminates on the basis of young workers’ employment status,” said Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei.

“The Human Rights Act states that it is ‘unlawful to discriminate on the ground of employment status in any of the prohibited areas of public life.’

But wait…there’s more….

It gets better and better … now Labour formally opposes discrimination on the basis of employment status.

The Government’s youth wages proposal not only highlights its on-going arrogance towards private and discriminatory information, but has a number of serious implications for would-be employers, Labour’s spokesperson for Labour Issues, Darien Fenton says.

The Minimum Wage (Starting-out Wage) Amendment Bill allows an employer to pay less than the minimum wage to a young person who has been on a benefit for at least six months or is in training in a recognised industry training course involving at least 40 credits a year.

“But what is not clearly explained is how employers will be able to find out whether a young worker has been on a benefit for six months before they make a decision to hire them.

“Given the current issues around privacy breaches it is questionable as to whether Work and Income should be able to provide that information to employers.

 “The Human Rights Act makes it unlawful to discriminate on the grounds of employment status, including being on a benefit, and their advice is that employers should not ask the benefit status of prospective employees.

“Not only that, employers who advertise Starting Out wage jobs for 16 and 17 year olds could also find themselves in breach of requirements not to discriminate on the grounds of age.

How can Labour introduce a policy for apprentice subsidies for people on the dole, if employers aren’t allowed to ask if people are on the dole?

What moron in Shearer’s office prepared a speech so at odds with their other attacks…does no one communicate?


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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