1 in 4 Kiwis worried about losing jobs
Thu, 20 Dec 2012 6:07p.m.
By Patrick Gower
With unemployment at a 13-year high, as Christmas approaches more job losses have struck – this time, right underneath the Beehive at Parliament's book store.
It is a sad symbol of the faltering economy that Bennetts Bookshop in the Parliamentary precinct is closing down tomorrow. Its two workers will have to find new jobs.
But a 3 News-Reid Research poll shows the fear of job loss is widespread in New Zealand.
When asked, "Given the state of the economy and rising unemployment, are you concerned about losing your job?"Around 25 percent of people, that’s one in four, said yes. Seventeen percent were already out of work, retired or at home, while 57 percent said no – they felt their job was safe.
Politicians from both sides are united on what the problem is.
“Well the big focus for the Government in 2013 is to try and get the jobless rate down,” says Prime Minister John Key.
It’s a view shared by his opponent, Labour leader David Shearer.
“Oh, this is the issue for next year,” he says.
In Budget 2011, the Government predicted 170,000 jobs over four years. But that hasn't happened. Instead, there are ominous signs – like tomorrow when Dunedin's Hillside KiwiRail workshop will close its doors as well, with 90 jobs gone.
Rail & Maritime Transport Union, along with others will mark the closure with a nationwide two minutes’ silence.
And the economic indicators out this week aren't that flash – unemployment is at 7.3 percent, 300,000 people are either unemployed or wanting more hours.
Mr Shearer says the Government’s current strategy clearly isn’t working.
“It’s all about a Government being hands-on rather than hands-off. This Government is hands-off, saying, ‘leave it to the market it will sort it out’.”
And Greens co-leader Metiria Turei says the public are worried.
“New Zealanders are right to be concerned about whether this Government is doing enough to bring us out of the recession.”
But Mr Key is optimistic about the situation improving in the near future.
“I'm confident with the Christchurch rebuild and property market starting to breathe life back into Auckland that it will be a better year for us next year.”
Jobs, and job security, are simply crucial to ordinary New Zealanders. Unemployment will be the critical political issue next year. And despite all the ‘Gangnam Style’ populism, this issue has the potential to really hurt the Government's popularity.
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13/01/2013 10:43:49 a.m.
If John Key wasn't so arrogant he'd be worried about losing his job.
23/12/2012 3:01:23 p.m.
Just Me wrote:
Katubaldy. I have a cartoon I found in the early 80s.It shows Muldoon saying, whilst protecting his eyes "I can see light at the end of the tunnel". The next minute he is hit by an express train with Inflation written on the front.
21/12/2012 7:02:52 a.m.
Yeah I have to agree with 'Just Me'. That brighter future is looking like a dim light at the end of a long tunnel. The Hillside workers are put out of their jobs just before Xmas and the unemployment rate is the highest in 13 years...I hope we don't still have those on the right wanting to blame all this on the Labour Party, the Unions, the teachers or whoever else looks like a scapegoat. All that approach confirms is the fact this administration has achieved nothing positive to speak of. 1 in 4 kiwis fearful of losing their jobs is another sad testament to the continuing failures of this National govt. The underlying problem is the brighter future they mentioned,in last year's election campaign, appears to be referring to the wealthy only. There's hasn't been one single substantial policy emerge to help the average working class NZer. Instead it's been a series of badly disguised attempts to hammer the middle class and lower income workers into submission. Creating an environment where people in NZ are fearful of losing their jobs is governance at it's worst. More kiwis migrating to Aussie and less taxpayers to contribute to the tax base?? What is it this misguided govt is trying to achieve. A fiscal surplus at the expense of most kiwis standard of living..whooaaa that's how you get yourselves voted out of a job National. I hope they can get their act together next year or it's the everyday NZer who will suffer and we've all seen how little that affects the attitude of this admin....it just keeps getting worse and the CHCH rebuild is their one strategy to bring down the unemployment figures. Hope they're not waiting for another natural disaster to get them out of their own man-made disasters or we're all in for a bumpy ride in the new year...
20/12/2012 9:52:27 p.m.
How about 1 in 4 MPs should be worried about their jobs. They are an embarrassment.
20/12/2012 8:11:22 p.m.
Contrary to the National Party's election 'joke of an advert' in the led up to last years' general election there is no Brighter Future for many now unemployed NZers.
And I am sure by the end of the financial year of 30.3.13 there will be yet more people joining the ranks of the unemployed.
The ONLY ones in cushy incomes are the politicians.Until whenever is the next election they have a supposedly 'stable' job with excellent income plus perks.There is no need for them to go find alternative employment when it's the NZ taxpayers who are funding their lifestyles e.g numerous overseas trip/junkets for some 'fact finding' reason but is more likely a holiday.
20/12/2012 8:09:04 p.m.
How dare the common New Zealander expect employment? The audacity! We've got to spend national resources on things of importance, like massive pay increases for politicians!
20/12/2012 7:01:59 p.m.
I am wondering if this is because only 1 in 4 kiwis have jobs to go to.
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