Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Volatile Times Ahead

Here in New Zealand we are being faced with an absolute onslaught of a far-right political agenda by a government that has been largely seen by the public as moderate. Just recently we have seen Union-busting efforts by politically appointed Port boards. We are faced with state asset sales, legislation severely eroding privacy and civil rights has been passed. Public sector jobs have been slashed and many government departments are being 'restructured' in moves which put more power in the hands of Stephen Joyce. Welfare is being slashed, and solo parents with children over 1 year old are being pressured to go into work (despite there being no jobs available). Education is also under attack, the government is trying to put in place a schooling system that has failed elsewhere and trying to bring in charter schools. Healthcare is also under attack, the government had originally intended on privatising the accident compensation scheme but have thankfully backed down.

Without sounding all doom and gloom, these are volatile times ahead.

12 comments:

  1. Unfortunately it's not just National and little old Nz that's going to be facing doom and gloom - it's the whole world. and let's face it, the last three years haven't exactly been rosy. I think whatever govt. we could have had, we would still be in for a rough time.

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    1. Yeah no doubt about it, but this government isn't in damage control mode like a rational government would be, they're causing damage.

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  2. Hey mate, I just wanted to say that there are plenty of jobs out there. I understand a lot of people don't like doing their own research but seek has about 2000 low skilled jobs for these people to move into. If you know anyone in need of a job please direct them here http://careers.nzbus.co.nz/jobdetails?ajid=axZd7 or http://www.newcops.co.nz/ rather than informing them that there is no jobs!

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  3. 2,000 jobs is chump change. There are many tens of thousands of people in need of full time employment.

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  4. In that case it would be fair to say that "there are no jobs" is a bit of an exaggeration. Unfortunately there will always be unemployment because it is a crucial part of the economy but these 2000 jobs + more could help these people so I'm just trying to spread the word.

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    1. It's not an exaggeration at all for 99% of the job seekers. There are no jobs for them. In fact, many of those jobs will likely be filled by people who already have jobs. Many people fall under the category known as 'under-employed', where they have jobs but do not have enough hours. The economy is still depressed, so while it may be convenient for some to point to a handful of available jobs, in reality it's like sticking a band-aid on an axe wound.

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    2. Ok, I just looked it up and the 'official' number of unemployed people in New Zealand is 150,000. The number on the ground will actually be significantly higher than this for numerous reasons, but this really makes those 2,000 jobs seem pretty insignificant.

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    3. I have no idea how to fix this "axe wound" (which I believe was caused more so by the recession then the National government) but it's quite interesting I suppose that there are still 2000 jobs available that I found in 20 seconds in my arm chair and yet they are vacant. As far as I'm concerned these are jobs for those who want them and I believe if these positions still exist in a month then not all these "job seekers"(250000+?) are truly seeking jobs/content with being unemployed.

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  5. ^ your logic, how does it work? Nobody knows....

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  6. He says there are no jobs, I find him 2000 jobs in 20 seconds. I thought that concept was relatively easy to understand. Are these not real jobs that people who can't find employment could take? I'm struggling to understand why there are vacant positions if people want jobs so badly. Care to enlighten me rather than attack my logic? I'm just eager to help these people find some jobs in a tough situation.

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  7. Your logic is bad for one simple reason = applying for a job does not mean you will get a job! I have applied for 30+ jobs now and the best I could do was get accepted at the movies part time - (not a real job)

    With 150,000+ unemployed people out there all wanting jobs, 2000 jobs is nothing.

    I can do one better than you by following your logic - I hit the 'Seek' button and found 15,000 jobs in ONE second!! ZOMG!!
    With 15k jobs I should be able to get at least one right, that's heaps!
    Unfortunately no. (So far anyway)

    There may be 15k jobs on Seek but this does NOT equal 15k jobs that I can do. reasons:

    -The Obvious = I am not qualified to do the vast majority of jobs out there - I am not a trained engineer, nurse, or landscaper for example. I am also too overqualified for many unskilled jobs - I have a degree, I'm not working at Mcd's Full-time.. (and frankly can't be stuffed working full time on the poverty wage because it's not worth it.)
    Most people have a relatively narrow skill set, and that transfers to a narrow range of potential jobs.

    -Location = I live in Auckland. Jobs in say, Wellington have little use to me. Jobs in South Auckland are not practical if I live in West Auckland/North shore, unless they are particularly lucrative (which for grads, they usually aren't.) Two hours of traffic jams each way is kind of a buzzkill. Even if you decide to ignore that, the employer won't - this has happened to me for a job I applied for in Epsom.
    This is particularly relevant for minimum wage jobs - Would you drive 50kays each way to a job that pays 13.50 an hour?

    -Listings =/= jobs - there can 15k listings, but this doesn't mean there are 15k positions available.


    Basically in summary, people are not sitting on their asses going I want a job waaah, and that's it - they are out there and applying and looking, but can't find anything suitable or get accepted into one.

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