unemployment

Pretty Damned Hopeless

Guest post

Who and how many of those “pretty damned hopeless” people that Bill English refers to are there?

In December 2016 there were 124,311 on the jobseeker benefit which splits into two sub-groups; those who are ready for work and those who have a health or disability issues which affect the ability to work full-time or have to stop working for a while.

  • Job seekers ready for work 67,502
  • Jobseeker with disability or health issues 56,809

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4000 apply for 26 jobs – were 3974 lazy, drug addicts?

So asks the title of a press release

So far Prime Minister Bill English has called out-of-work New Zealanders druggies and lazy.

“We have a question for him: what does he call the 4000 people who applied for 26 WorkSafe positions around the country?

“We call them people trying to get a job to feed themselves and their families.

“An applicant who received the reject email said he was stunned by the sheer numbers applying.

“It’s depressing for a job seeker.

“Mr English is fond of relying on anecdotal evidence from employers but when does he chat to workers.

Bill English only speaks to parasites.   Read more »

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.   Read more »

The callous heartlessness of Labour’s new policy

In March of this year Andrew Little said this:

Labour leader Andrew Little said the government was creating a generation of “working poor”.

The minimum wage is still too low for the many workers who are dependent on it.”

Mr Little said the rise of $18 a week in take-home pay would only just cover rent rises.

And the head of the CTU said this:

Council of Trades Unions president Richard Wagstaff said the “miniscule” increases to the minimum wage would leave people treading water.

“We need to do a real jolt so the people on the minimum wage are actually earning enough to actually live properly.”

Lobby group Living Wage Aotearoa estimates $19.80 per hour is needed to maintain a decent standard of living.

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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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Andrew Little is an idiot. Launches jobs policy platform when unemployment is 4.9%

via One News

via One News

Only the terminally stupid and politically retarded would make a massive issue out of jobs and unemployment when New Zealand has record low unemployment.

Red Claire keeps putting the boot in:

Lest there was any doubt Labour’s conference was about jobs, leader Andrew Little announced the solution to youth unemployment was in an Andrew’s Army of rat hunters and bush whackers and even gave himself a job.

Andrew’s Army will come in the form of Labour’s new policy to offer under-24 year olds on the dole a 6-month stint working in community jobs such as on the Conservation estate in pest eradication or path maintenance.

The job Little set for himself was to win the 2017 election.

Good luck with that.

Labour’s delegates have clearly decided he is ready to govern – and in Labour that is no mean feat.

The bigger problem is convincing the rest of the country of that.

This party conference was all about putting on a show of being ready to govern.   Read more »

Labour continues hating on foreigners with new Wog or Chink Tax

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Labour forgets that they apologised to the Chinese community about the Chinese poll tax that New Zealand once had.

Now Labour is wanting to bring back something similar, and tax employers who employ foreign workers.

Labour leader Andrew Little has proposed a tax on employers who rely on workers from overseas instead of training local workers saying it was a way to make sure businesses were “doing their bit”.

The ‘training levy’ would be imposed on businesses in areas of skills shortages, such as chefs, construction, IT and tour guides where migrant workers are used.

However, companies that could prove they were already actively training New Zealanders for such jobs would be exempt.   Read more »

Photo Of The Day

Bandit's Roost, located in the notorious Mulberry Bend fifty-seven years after "Petition to Have the Five Points Opened," in 1831. Picture by Jacob Riis, 1888.

Bandit’s Roost, located in the notorious Mulberry Bend fifty-seven years after “Petition to Have the Five Points Opened,” in 1831. Picture by Jacob Riis, 1888.

How the Other Half Lived

Round Mulberry Bend …

In the old-timey days of New York’s Lower-East Side ‘down near what is now Federal Plaza, Mulberry Street used to bend leading you directly into the depths of the Five Points. Well-to-do city folk considered “the bend” to be the cut off, or point of no return as it were since beyond that elbow in the street a man might expect to lose much more than a pitiful rookerful of change.

During the mid-to-late 1800s, New York City was rocked by an epidemic of gang violence. Crime was especially rampant in Manhattan neighbourhoods like Five Points, Hell’s Kitchen, the Fourth Ward and the Bowery, where back alleys and tenements became infested with thieves, hustlers and street thugs. These groups trafficked in everything from robbery and prostitution to murder, and their names could strike fear into the hearts of even the most crime-hardened city dwellers. From river pirates to knife-wielding adolescents, get the facts on seven of 19th century New York’s most notorious street gangs.
There was ‘an unparalleled era of wickedness” in the last 25 years of the 19th Century, as ragtag street gangs matured into organized criminal enterprises. One was based in the teeming Five Points neighbourhood on Mulberry Bend — the same area that later became the Mafia’s haunt on Mulberry Street.

At Five Points’ “height,” only certain areas of London’s East End vied with it in the western world for sheer population density, disease, infant and child mortality, unemployment, prostitution, violent crime, and other classic ills of the urban destitute.

Five Points is alleged to have sustained the highest murder rate of any slum in the world. According to an old New York urban legend, the Old Brewery, an overcrowded tenement on Cross Street housing 1,000 poor, is said to have had a murder a night for 15 years, until its demolition in 1852.

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More good news

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via ODT

The number of people on a main benefit has fallen below 280,000 for the first time since 2008.

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says it dropped by 4369, or 1.5 percent, in the year to March.

That took the total number of people receiving a main benefit down to 279,891. Read more »

How the EPMU and declining media hurt my home town

I went on a road trip down memory lane last weekend to show my daughter where I grew up. Our family home was across the road from a walkway that led to Kawerau Central School, which was my primary school. We visited my old home, which was neat as a pin in a street that had a number of neglected homes in need of repair.

My old family home in Kawerau PHOTO-Whaleoil.co.nz

My old family home in Kawerau
PHOTO-Whaleoil.co.nz

I wanted to show my daughter my old school but was puzzled as to why the walkway was blocked off. When we tried to access the school from another street we realised the sad truth: it was gone.

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In 2011 the remaining three primary schools in Kawerau were merged into one and the intermediate-aged students were merged with Kawerau College, which was renamed Tarawera High School. They did this because they were losing 60+ students a year from each school. So, what happened to this once prosperous and vibrant town of my childhood?

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