Employers agree with English

The social justice bullies are crying rivers of tears over Bill English’s comment about potential employees. They are prone to such conniptions.

Employers, however, are not and they agree with Bill English.

NBR reports:

Prime Minister Bill English’s comments on businesses not being able to hire young Kiwis because they can’t pass a drugs test are dead on, according to Kiwi employers.

Mr English said yesterday he has two or three conversations a week with business owners who are worried about this issue and that it is a contributing factor for employers looking to hire from offshore.

New Zealand’s largest contract labour firm, AWF Madison, is one such business. Its chief executive Simon Bennett says although Mr English’s comments were bold, he would not disagree with them.

“We have structural problems in the employment market and there is no doubt we have difficulties with youth unemployment. There are a number of factors for why they are not finding pathways into work.  

“Certainly, some drug use does preclude some people from getting entry level roles.”

In the December quarter of last year, Statistics NZ revealed the unemployment rate of people ages 20-24 was 9.3%.

Mr Bennett says the problem of not being able to pass a drug test is “reasonably significant,” adding that of every 10 people AWF looks to bring on board, on average between two to four of them can’t pass the test.

He says Mr English is absolutely right when he says businesses are hiring offshore to fill the gaps.

And the sopping wet boss of the EMA also agrees, but says the problem is bigger than hinted at by Bill English.

Employers and Manufactures Association chief executive Kim Campbell says the problem is bigger than Mr English might be letting on.

“What he hasn’t said, which is a bigger problem, is people aren’t presenting themselves for work for the jobs in the first place because they are whacked [drugged up].”

He says this is evident by simply looking at New Zealand’s economic data.

“We have a headline GDP growth of well over 3%, inflation closer to 1% and an unemployment rate of 5.2%.

“Normally, with this kind of strong economic data, the unemployment rate would be closer to 3%.”

He says the rest are the “unemployable.

“People like me in businesses are calling [Mr English] and saying either we’re not getting Kiwis applying, or when we do they don’t pass the drug test – so many of them.”

Predictably Labour are sticking up for the drop-kicks, telling employers, at the same time, that they are stupid, heartless and tight-fisted. That won’t help with fund-raising anytime soon.



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