Hosking on expensive lazy economic sea anchors

Credit NZ Herald, via Newstalk ZB

Credit NZ Herald, via Newstalk ZB

We have a pretty low rate on unemployment in this country at a bit over five percent. We’re beating most countries and getting dangerously close to the three percent mark that most people recognise as being full employment. The three percent are those who have no skills or don’t want a job and have dropped out or live in bits of the country where the work has vanished.

One of the biggest frustrations I have had this year is the very obvious fact that there is work out there and employers are really struggling to get good people. Surely someone somewhere is joining the dots and realising that we need to get the people where the work is because in many cases the work isn’t coming to them.

Mike is onto it.  Work as to come to them.  They’re not willing to put themselves out in any way.  

The Government had an excellent idea – 3k to Christchurch. It was aimed at those close to Christchurch that might consider moving. People in places like Oamaru and Ashburton. You would get given $3,000 to relocate and get work.

In a nutshell it’s been a bust. Firstly not many have moved. Now not all want to, Iget that. But you can’t tell me there aren’t people with no real ties who could if they really wanted to shift to a big centre if it meant getting a decent job.

Of those that did move, half of them turned out to be crooks. 10 percent haven’t fulfilled their end of the deal. 32 are back on benefits. 12 have gone missing – the ministry doesn’t have a clue where they are. 12 are being investigated for fraud. Only 13 have been made to pay it back. So surely at this point we can ask the question, do these people really want work?

I think you’re onto it – at this level of unemployment, what you have left are the pee takers and the ones that will spend more time working the system than … working.

Some tough and honest questions have to be asked. If you don’t have work, do you really want a job or not? And is the reason you don’t have one because you have come up with a long list of excuses that are really just designed to stop you from ever working again? Wrong place? Wrong hours? Wrong skills? Wrong pay? And if that’s the truth, at what point does the taxpayer go ‘if you’re not up for it, fine but don’t expect us to keep forking out cash for you to sit and make up more excuses’?


– Newstalk ZB

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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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