Employment

He might have got the angry back, but he’ll be excommunicated for comments like this

Andrew Little has dragged the angry back out of the closet. That may work for him short term, but his own party and activists will turn on him if they read Richard Harman’s piece on Little dragging Labour to the centre.

They will especially be madder than a cut snake when they read this:

But when Little was specifically asked what he would do to solve the growing gap between rich and poor he revealed a scepticism about the effectiveness of raising the minium wage or introducing a living wage or a universal basic income.

He said that one in five households spent more than 50% of their income on housing costs and that the average household, after they had paid their housing costs, last year was only ahead by $365 and that did not include any adjustment for inflation.

“The average household last year went backwards; incomes are not keeping up with the real cost of living.   Read more »

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.   Read more »

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Bill English back on his hobby horse about young people being unemployable

In April last year, English made few friends and gave the opposition an easy 48 hours of material for talk back an media commentary when he expressed his frustration on behalf of employers who were having trouble finding decent calibre people.

He’s had another go yesterday

Young Kiwis not passing drug tests is a problem for employers filling jobs in skills shortage areas, Prime Minister Bill English says.

While there are good initiatives across New Zealand to match locals with skills shortage jobs, he says drug issue means migrant workers are still needed.

“One of the hurdles these days is just passing the drug tests,” Mr English said on Monday. Read more »

Dodgy policy, dodgy sums, dodgy leader

Andrew Little

Red Claire must have drawn the short straw to attend Labour’s 100th conference. She’s certainly not happy about it, having written three negative articles.

Andrew Little will probably label her a right-winger.

She exposes the stupidity of his youth employment policy.

Labour leader Andrew Little says a proposal to give unemployed young people six months of full-time community work at the minimum wage will not be compulsory but there will be an expectation they take part – and possible sanctions if they don’t.

Little released the policy at the party’s annual conference in Auckland, where the focus is on jobs.

Expected to cost $60 million a year, it will provide unemployed people under the age of 24 with “jobs” in the community and environment, such as pest control work or riparian planting with the Department of Conservation, local councils or charities such as City Missions and food banks.

Dubbed “Ready for Work” it will be for those who have been on the dole for at least six months – but will pay the minimum wage of $15.25 an hour rather than the dole.

Little said those on the dole for more than six months would be expected to take part.

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How many refugees in Germany are employed?

Over a million migrants from the middle East were welcomed into Germany last year. Angela Merkel insisted that it was a win-win situation since Germany needed the migrants’ children due to its own low birth rate as well as their labour to boost the German workforce. So how has that worked out for Germany?

Take the multi-choice test:

Question: How many refugee/migrants in Germany are now employed?

A) 1 in 10

B) 1 in 100

C) 1 in 1000

D) 1 in 10,000

E) 1 in 100,000

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More good news: lower income people had highest pay rises

This news will rip the y-fronts of Labour, since they always bang in about those at the bottom not enjoying bigger payrises.

Turns out they do and have.

If you were asked to imagine the type of household that has experienced the biggest pay boost this year, you might not pick minimum wage workers.

But new data shows that it is the lowest-earning people in New Zealand who saw the biggest boost to their pay packets over the past 12 months.

Recent data from Statistics NZ showed that, nationwide, earnings across self-employed, employed and those on government benefits increased 5 per cent year-on-year in the June quarter.

The median weekly earnings from paid employment rose $44 to reach $924 a week between June 2015 and June 2016. That is the largest percentage increase since 2007.

But looking further into the data, of those on wages and salaries, those earning less than $500 a week had the biggest year-on-year percentage pay rise, up 4.8 per cent between June 2015 and 2016.

The median income for that bracket increased from $271 a week to $284.

That was followed by a 2.6 per cent increase for those earning between $500 and $770. The median income in that bracket is now $670, compared to $653 a year ago.

Everyone earning more than $770 as week is now earning marginally less than they were the same time last year.

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The world’s most famous socialist

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Students of history flinch when left-wingers refer to Hitler as being right-wing because anyone who knows their history knows that Hitler and his  party were socialists. His party was called the National Socialist German Workers’ Party. The parallels between his policies and the policies of modern-day left-wing parties are obvious. When lefties call conservatives fascists they conveniently overlook the fact that Hitler was a fascist and his brand of socialism was the nanny state on steroids. Hitler is a perfect example of what happens when a socialist leader becomes a dictator.

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Another of Labour’s concerns solved…by Kiwi indifference

Labour has their Future of Work Commission where they have signalled a worry that the robots are going to take people’s jobs.

The problem is that Kiwi workers don’t think they will so any political party pimping that message will have their policy fall on deaf ears.

Most Kiwis in the service industry aren’t concerned about the looming threat of their jobs being taken over by robots, a study has found.

Late last year, Massey University surveyed the opinions of roughly 140 employees from 50 companies throughout New Zealand and found 87.5% of them disagreed with the statement “smart technology, artificial intelligence, robotics or algorithms could take my job.”

Massey University school of management senior lecturer David Brougham completed the study and tells NBR he isn’t surprised by the result because there was less awareness about the issue last year.

“Despite experts like Bill Gates and Stephen Hawking warning about mass unemployment in the future, it seems few New Zealanders are making any plans to change out of jobs that might disappear over the next five to ten years,” Dr Brougham says.   Read more »

More good news: If you don’t have a job, you’re either dead or lazy

Despite the wailing of the opposition, most people in NZ have a job…and that situation is improving all the time…except if you are incredibly indolent.

More jobs are being advertised online to New Zealanders than at this time last year, according to Seek employment website.

Data from Seek shows almost 8.9 percent more jobs are available throughout the country on the website.

The organisation’s New Zealand general manager, Janet Faulding, said the number of advertisements for jobs in Auckland, Wellington and Queenstown had increased significantly.

She said construction jobs in both Auckland and Wellington had increased by more than 30 percent, while tourism growth in Queenstown meant employers were looking for more staff.   Read more »

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Michael Woodhouse tries a bold faced lie. It normally works, but this time the Media used Google

Maybe the Media party are getting wise to lying politicians and fact checking what they have to say.

They’ve caught out Michael Woodhouse in a lie.

Workplace Relations Minister Michael Woodhouse told RNZ News he agreed with that finding, but added the 90-day trial was never about creating jobs.

“The policy wasn’t put in place to materially increase the number of jobs in the economy … and for that reason, the report is actually of reasonably limited use in assessing the successful outcome or otherwise of the trial periods,” Mr Woodhouse said.

Mr Woodhouse’s statements today contradict what the government told the public in 2008 when it said the policy would help create new jobs.

In a media release titled “90-day trial period to provide job opportunities”, then-Labour Minister Kate Wilkinson said the policy would “provide confidence for employers engaging new staff” and allow “struggling job-seekers to get their foot in the door, rather than languish on a benefit”.   Read more »