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Labour blaming employers for skill shortages

30 June 2014

Labour blaming employers for skill shortages

The Labour party appears to think that employers are to blame for skills shortages, says BusinessNZ.

In Labour’s immigration policy released on the weekend, Immigration NZ would be given the power to demand that employers train New Zealanders before being able to get approval to hire workers from overseas.

“Many employers seek migrant workers because they can’t find suitably skilled New Zealanders,” BusinessNZ Chief Executive Phil O’Reilly said.

“Labour would require them to pay to train New Zealanders before being able to do so.

“Surely the education system has some responsibility for delivering skills for the workplace, and individuals have some responsibility to gain skills to be able to be employed.

“New Zealand has a significant skills shortage problem that needs to be addressed.

“Employers would appreciate a proper policy approach to the problem rather than blame and compulsion on business.”

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