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Low-skilled workers, women to miss out on Govt jobs - report

Wednesday 27 Jun 2012 6:29 a.m.

100,000 jobs will largely benefit professional men (file)

100,000 jobs will largely benefit professional men (file)

By RadioLIVE staff

According to ministerial briefing papers obtained by RadioLIVE there is a catch to the Government's promise of more jobs.

The Labour Department predicts 100,000 new jobs in the coming years, but the documents reveal they will largely benefit professional men, leaving low-skilled workers and women out in the cold.

Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce was told about the long-term implications for low-skilled workers in December last year but Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei says he has done nothing about it.

“He is intentionally dumbing down the community by locking them out of higher education even though he knows that there simply will not be the jobs created for those people as part of his overall economic plan,” says Ms Turei.

The Department of Labour briefing paper says more needs to be done to 'up-skill disadvantaged' groups in society.


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