Another employer agrees with Bill

Bill English was criticised for saying many unemployed are drug addled drop kicks. Turns out the evidence from employers suggests this is true.

Another employer agrees with Bill.

A Hamilton-based farm recruitment agency is backing Prime Minister Bill English’s claims that Kiwi workers’ inability to pass drug tests are why overseas workers are needed.

Cross Country Recruitment managing director Ben De’Ath  said that since December 4, 2016, 21 individual farm owners have contacted him seeking new staff because they have had to instantly dismiss staff due to failed drug tests for methamphetamine or cannabis.  

Three-quarters of these farm owners were in Waikato and the rest were in the Central Plateau. These farmers were now short staffed purely because of illegal drugs, he said.

De’Ath said his company started to record why vacancies were arising in December because it helped make a case to Immigration New Zealand for foreign workers on behalf of farm owners.

In one extreme case, a staff member threatened to kill his employer after he was dismissed following a positive test.

“They had to involve the police to get the man off-site and there was a 24-hour period where the farmer was scared to leave his house,” he said.

In another case, thousands of dollars of farm equipment went missing after the employee was dismissed.

The police recovered some of the stolen equipment and the farm owner was left was a huge clean up bill to decontaminate the house of methamphetamine.

He estimated anecdotally that last year, there were at least three to four vacancies arising monthly in the farming industry because of drug use.

I think what the Prime Minister has said is very factual.

The evidence is clear. Bill English was right.


– Fairfax


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