Labour throws 21,000 jobs on the scrap heap

At least 21,000 jobs would be in jeopardy if David Cunliffe followed through on his promises.

And this doesn’t include the living wage proposal.

Abolishing  the Starting-out Wage equals 2000 new jobs for 16 to 19-year-olds

The new pay rate, to be called the ‘starting-out wage’, will not be compulsory but 40,000 teenagers will be eligible.

It will kick in on April 1 next year, and the Government estimates it will create up to 2000 youth jobs in the first two years.

The starting-out wage will be set at 80 per cent of the adult minimum wage, which is $13.50 an hour. 

Abolishing the 90-day trials would put up to 13,000 jobs on the line.

Research by NZIER has previously told us that 90-day trials led to 13,000 new jobs in small and medium sized businesses,” Ms Wilkinson says.

“This latest research confirms trial periods allow employers to take on new staff, with the majority retaining their staff after the trial period is over. That’s great to see.

“The 90-day trials have beenespecially beneficial for young people and the long-term unemployed. It’sof clear benefit to both employers and employees.”

Raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour would affect up to 6,000 jobs.

Employers and the Government have hit back at Labour’s plan to raise the minimum wage to $15, claiming it would cost 6000 jobs.

So in a single day, Cunliffe potentially wrote off 21,000 jobs.


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  • richard.b

    It’s his birthday, 21 today.

  • GazzW

    This is the sort of information that the government HAS to gt out to the public regardless of the bias of the MSM. If Cunliffe can wander willynilly around the country spouting bullshit without being questioned then its high time for JK and his senior ministers to get out amongst the grassroots preaching the positive stuff in plain English – they must not wait until election campaigning starts. We need some “Show me the money!” presentations NOW!

    • JeffDaRef

      Agree completely – have been saying for a lnog time I’d love to see the Govt refute some of the bullshit a little more aggressively.
      Cunliffe/Norman/Hughes etc all could all be slaughtered with some concise and factual communications.

    • Totally agree. I just can’t understand the lack of action from National. They are in serious danger of sleepwalking their way to defeat, in my opinion.

      • OT Richter

        National seems to save its performances for the debating chamber, something that only a small percentage of the population ever watches. They need to seek interviews with the media and refute the BS with hard facts, stated in simple terms for the simple people.

    • johnbronkhorst

      I’m prepared to wait a while.
      With cunliffe making more and more outlandish promises and putting contradictory conditions on those promises. He is starting to tie himself up in knots.
      Keep handing out the rope and the self hanging will come.
      But agree to the extent that National just need to keep these stupid promises in the spot light.

    • Macca

      I think the reason the MSM keeps shielding the public from the truth is because A/ They are predominantly socialists and stupid enough to somehow think that being left is cool and B/ They obviously know that if they told the public the real truth, the left would be no more. Please, the MSM reading this (and we all know you do), correct me if I’m wrong!

      • johnbronkhorst

        They won’t because:
        “there’s none so blind as those who won’t see”….Can’t remember who said this.

    • Col

      JK is back Monday!!!!!! I can’t wait until Tue for JK to slap a Tape on Cunnymouth

  • Mr Sackunkrak

    The dichotomy of the left. Their buying of votes costs their supporters’ jobs. Socialism really ought to come with a Government warning.

    • Jman

      The labour party, in its tribal outlook sees unemployed people as part of their natural constituency while people in the private sector belong to National. Hence they are only too happy to destroy 21000 jobs as that means 21000 more votes for them.

  • ozbob68

    I’ve had friends complain that the 90 day rule is being used to casualise the labour market. I don’t place much credence in their conspiracy theory, but would be interested to know if there is a more recent survey than the 1 year old one linked to, or if there is a central register of occurences of people being let go under the 90 day rule, so that argument could be refuted.

  • peterwn

    Who says Labour really wants jobs. Its paymasters the unions do not really want any new jobs.

  • OhopeBeachBugger

    I said to my wife yesterday that by removing flexibility in the labour market means employers who would ordinarily get someone in to help out when things get busy, will now simply tough it out and make do. So, when the pub gets more patrons, a relief bartender will sit at home, same for the restaurant, the retail outlet, the motor workshop, etc. Make it hard for people to hire and fire and what happens? Greater job security? No, morons, fewer jobs.

  • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

    Who cares bros? Helen Kelly and her mates will get living wage. That is all it matters. Kiwis also supportive of that. It is Curryleaf and Hippie Norman who are leading the polls. Not John Key. Keep that in mind fellows.

  • James Growley

    I think the bastard has been reading Mein Kampf.

  • cows4me

    I guess cunny would be happy to destroy 21,000 private sector jobs if it meant the government could increase public servants by 21,000. Better to have the numbers beholding to the great and glorious government. It’s almost treason but I doubt cunny and his backers would give a fat rats fart.

    • Steve (North Shore)

      That’s what Helen did to decrease the unemployed numbers. Made it so easy for a useless sack of shit who would not work get a glide time job with the Public Services

    • Patrick

      I am sure they see private enterprise as treason, anything that weakens the State control over people is the enemy.

      • cows4me

        Amen brother.

  • Patrick

    But it is not 21000 jobs, it is 21000 people out of work, 21000 people now rocking up at the dole office, 21000 people plus dependants now looking to the taxpayer to fund them. 21000 houses receiving welfare, plenty of which will be spent on Maccas & booze. Sure some may find alternative work but why would you when Cunners is going to fund you to sit at home?
    There should be a direct correlation here but there won’t be, 21000 less jobs should directly correlate with 21000 less votes for Cunliffe & 21000 more votes for Key. Never happen though because most Kiwis are brainless twits when it comes to politics & the economy.