Garner has no idea: Kiwis won’t accept the same working conditions

The people who come to work here are already displaced from their homes, whereas someone who lives in Auckland is hardly going to say yes to a job that has them sharing a house with 18 other workers at the back of a winery while working for minimum wage and being in the middle of nowhere with nothing to do during the weekend.

So no, Duncan, they aren’t displacing New Zealand workers.

And now Little’s point about foreign workers taking Kiwi jobs rings true.

With 38,800 foreigners coming in on work visas over the last year, surely some of them are displacing New Zealanders who could do the job. Are we really that desperate for foreign workers?

Tens of thousands of New Zealanders remain out of work – yet there are jobs in rest homes, on farms and in orchards that we simply refuse to do or aren’t being hired to do?

Is it because we won’t work 18 days straight? Is it because we won’t work for the minimum wage?

All of those things. Mind you I have worked more than 18 days straight…when was the last time you did that Duncan. 

So why don’t Kiwis get these jobs? Are we lazy and unreliable as Bill English suggested? I think in some areas we are.

Or are we not trying hard enough to get these Kiwis to do the jobs? There’s a bit of that too.

Or are employers simply fed up with Kiwis and it’s now easier to get cheap foreigners into the country. Of course it is.

Our open door policy means it’s easy to game the system according to former Immigration Minister and now immigration agent, Tuariki Delamere.

He says it happens and he explained to me yesterday how it works.

Get a NZ employer to offer 10 jobs, a Kiwi immigration consultant and an overaseas agent to do a deal – a bit of money changes hands – 10 foreigners arrive on work visas to do the jobs that Kiwis apparently can’t or won’t do – and everyone wins – except the Kiwis who miss out.

I am not anti-immigration.

Sounds like you are. Here’s the thing Duncan, have you seen that we have one of the lowest unemployment rates in the OECD…this isn’t a real problem.

But, here’s the thing, why don’t those bludgers go and get one of those jobs…that way the farmer or horticulturist or viticulturist won’t have to employ foreigners?

They simply won’t get off their arses to go to work. That is why we need immigrants.

 

 

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