Future of Work

Rodney Hide on the uselessness of Labour

Rodney Hide writes at NBR:

The first and toughest job in policy making is determining the problem. My experience is ministers and bureaucrats look bewildered when they?re asked what problem they?re trying to fix. They then blurt meaningless claptrap.

So I shouldn?t be too hard on Labour in opposition having no idea what problem its Future of Work report is supposedly addressing. But it?s a troubling omission.

The closest it gets to a problem definition is Grant Robertson saying by way of introduction that the goal is ?to allow New Zealanders to face an uncertain future with confidence.?

The problem by implication is that the future is ?uncertain,? that New Zealanders are not facing that uncertainty ?with confidence? and that here?s policy to fix that.

I am unaware of any crisis of confidence. On the whole it would seem we are pretty much looking forward to the future.

So what?s the problem? I have no idea. But I also can?t make either head or tail of much of the policy that Labour proposes.

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Guest Post – The Future of Work

There has been a lot of rubbish pontificated on over the last few weeks on the future of work.? Oh horrors! It is going to change. We will have to pay everyone to do nothing, or to only work part time. There is a rising shortage of jobs for those with no capabilities. Only those with good skills will get work.

Those of us with any age on us at all know that the nature of work has always changed. When I was young, married women did not work in the paid workforce but worked in the home to keep their husband in the lap of luxury with high quality care and attention. Our day was driven by the standard routine of the home. Then we had to go back into the workforce, which required some retraining. Later on we had to learn how to use technology and we have had to continually upskill.

In my life I have had to retrain at least seven times in entirely new careers. ?Initially I had virtually no education to build on, and I am still learning new skills long after I am supposed to have retired. It is exciting and challenging and never boring. ?? Read more »

Has Jacinda read her own Future of Work details?

The Ministry of Justice has announced that they are restructuring positions and making some available?positions work-from-home.

Close to 100 government jobs will go as the Ministry of Justice introduces a compulsory work-from-home initiative, prompting concerns the move will snowball across other departments.

The ministry?has confirmed a restructure will see 202 management and staff positions?disestablished and 111 new positions created, along with fixed term positions as staff move to a “home environment” later this year.

In a statement, collections general manager?Bryre? Patchell? said?about 100 collections registry positions will move from office to home over the next 13 months.?

The restructure, which will mean?specialist collections units at courts around New Zealand will close, is?thought to be the first of its kind in New Zealand’s public sector.

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Hooton on Future of Work

Matthew Hooton gives exactly one cheer for Labour’s Future of Work Commission.

It seems wrong to criticise a political party for trying to look ahead. John Key?s regime takes pride in ignoring issues beyond the current electoral cycle, most infamously the ageing population. So one cheer for Labour for its so-called ?Future of Work Commission?.

Labour?s difficulty, however, is that no matter how intelligent and visionary its participants think they are, such efforts are doomed to almost comical failure, at least in terms of specifics.

Most people who try to define the future end up looking stupid, with the exception of Gene Roddenberry.

Hooton goes on to explain how dreadfully myopic and wrong he was when placed in a similar situation of predicting the future and how that future might impact on education.

I cringe when I read that ?major distance-education institutions? would be using ?interactive educational television, CD ROM, multi media and video conferencing? by 1998. By then, every school had the internet, and ICQ and AOL Instant Messenger were the next big things. Skype and MySpace were launched five years later, and Facebook and Bebo over the following two years. Remember all of them?

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According to Labour’s experts the Future of Work is no work; capitalism will have destroyed it

So, Labour’s pitch to the young, the only people unworldly enough to vote for them, is that you are wasting years of your life and racking up debt to train for a job they think won’t exist by the time you qualify.

They are saying, “Don’t worry, we will give you another three years’ free education to train for the next line of work that won’t exist.”

They’ve run off to whisper in?the?ear of the Herald’s Simon Collins, a most useful idiot who’s usually pimping stories of poverty.

Sixty per cent of young people are training for jobs that may not exist in the future, a Labour Party conference has been told.

Jan Owen of the Foundation for Young Australians told Labour’s Future of Work conference in Auckland today that the education system should be re-geared to help people become multi-skilled.

“Our 15-year-old today could have 17 jobs in five different industries,” she said.

“What it means is something very different to what their parents and grandparents had, which was mostly what we called a career.

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Labour’s UBI is ‘barking mad’ says John Key

Hillary Clinton knows what John Key is talking about…Labour’s crazy, expensive, unworkable Universal Basic Income plan.

Saying all adult New Zealanders a “universal basic income” is a “barking mad” idea that would cost more than the country brings in from tax, Prime Minister John Key says.

A Labour conference on “the future of work” is underway in Auckland today. One idea that will be looked at is a limited trial of a “universal basic income-type” system in a town or region.

The co-leader of a global network promoting a universal basic income, British professor Guy Standing, will be a keynote speaker at the conference.

Labour finance spokesman Grant Robertson has said Labour is considering a local version of a scheme developed by economist Gareth Morgan, who proposed paying every adult a basic income of $11,000 a year ($211 a week).

Such a system could replace all existing welfare benefits except for “supplementary transfers for disadvantaged groups”. ? Read more »

Labour’s Ten Big Bumper Sticker Slogans

It saps my will that all Grant Robertson, Jacinda Ardern and Vic Crone have come up with are “Ten Big Bumper Sticker Slogans“. You just know that Robbo was in charge of the colours.

Oh and a word cloud…full of corporate weasel words including one of Vic Crone’s favourites…”big data”.

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Robertson reveals the secret of his Future of Work Commission

Grant Robertson has revealed, unwittingly, what his “Future of Work Commission” is all about.

The Labour Party is looking abroad for fresh ideas on the future of work in New Zealand as it reaches the halfway stage of a project to protect careers threatened by new technology.

Labour finance spokesman Grant Robertson will this week attend the OECD Future of Work Forum in Paris, where over 300 academics, business representatives and politicians will discuss how digitisation is changing modern work, and the impact on skills and labour markets.

So his much touted ‘commission’, a name designed to lend authenticity and seriousness to it, is actually about protecting legacy jobs and not at all about working in the future.

Grant Robertson has revealed that Labour is still without ideas relevant for the future. It is simply union-led nonsense.? Read more »

The Future of Work



The Labour Party are getting excited about the Future of Work, posting on Facebook about meetings they are having up and down the country, which are apparently more popular than the flag meetings that are costing us $26m.

Being a broken arse party of no hopers the Labour Party is running their meetings on the public purse, rather than funding it themselves, but even so they are not pissing away a lazy $26m on something no one wants to go to.

The real problem for the Labour Party is they seem to have completely missed the point. ? Read more »