Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Race to bottom not answer to youth unemployment

Race to bottom not answer to youth unemployment

11 January 2011

Calls to reinstate youth rates are detracting from the real issue of New Zealand’s appallingly high youth unemployment rate, says Labour’s Youth Affairs spokesperson Jacinda Ardern.

“The suggestion that the youth minimum wage is a practical solution to solving New Zealand’s high rate of youth unemployment is unfounded,” Jacinda Ardern said. “The real issue facing our young people is a lack of jobs and quality training --- something the National government has failed to address."

Data from the OECD for the September quarter indicated that 19.4 per cent of young people aged between 15 and 24 were unemployed.

“The last time that we saw youth unemployment rates reach this level was in the early 1990s, when youth unemployment reached 23 per cent,” Jacinda Ardern said. “Youth rates had no impact on youth unemployment then, and they won’t bring youth unemployment levels down now.

“In fact, when wages for young people increased youth unemployment continued to decrease. Under Labour, the youth minimum wage went from $4.20 an hour to $9.50 for 18 and 19 year olds and $7.60 for 16 and 17 year olds in 2005; increases of 126 percent and 81 percent respectively. By December 2005, youth unemployment fell to just 11.8% ---- a level not seen since 1987."

Jacinda Ardern said research by Hyslop and Stillman on Youth Minimum Wage Reform and the Labour Market also found ‘…no consistent and robust evidence of any adverse effects of the changes on teenage employment’ when youth wage rates increased.

“One in five young people in New Zealand are now out of work. The Government has failed to prioritise the real issue at hand --- the creation of jobs and access to quality training. Instead of taking the lead from other countries such as Australia, which has invested heavily in skills training and tertiary education to help young people into long term work, National has done the opposite and limited the access of young people to the resources that will help them into employment.

“What we need to see are Government policies that are committed to counteracting the dramatic increase in youth unemployment that we have experienced as a result of both the recession and National’s economic mismanagement, rather than policies that will send us racing to the bottom."

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Labour/Greens Deal (And The NZDF)

If Labour and the Greens were hoping their Budget Responsibility Rules (BRR) agreement would foster an unlikely alliance then hey… mission accomplished! Because it isn’t every day that Sue Bradford, the CTU and Matthew Hooton speak with one voice, as happened yesterday.

Unfortunately though, it’s hard to see how the BRR agreement will work to the advantage of Labour and the Greens in the context of the 2017 election campaign. More>>

 

Until After The Election: Extension Of Report-Back Date For Havelock North Inquiry

Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson announced today that the report-back date for the independent Inquiry into Havelock North Drinking-Water has been extended at the request of the Inquiry’s Panel. More>>

ALSO:

Little Heading For Court: Apology Over Donation/Hotel Contract Claims Not Accepted

Today I want to publicly apologise unreservedly to Mr Hagaman for any hurt, embarrassment or adverse reflection on his reputation which may have resulted from my various media statements. I have offered that apology to the Hagamans. More>>

ALSO:

Biscuit Tin Of Democracy: World Heritage Site Protection, Ombudsman and Equal Pay Bills Drawn

On Thursday, 23 March 2017 three places are available on the Order Paper for the first reading of a Member’s bill. The ballot was held, and resulted in the following bills being drawn... More>>

ALSO:

Emissions Plan: NZ Needs More Science, More Trees, Fewer Beasts

A combination of technology breakthroughs, much more plantation forestry, and a big switch away from pastoral, particularly dairy farming, are identified as the key elements of any approach New Zealand takes to reducing its carbon emissions to a net zero level, according to a new report sponsored by the New Zealand chapter of GLOBE, a multi-party, global parliamentary grouping. More>>

ALSO:

"Backed To Win Seats": Labour Māori Seat MPs Won't Stand On List

The Labour Party is backing a request from its Māori seat MPs to stand as electorate MPs only, says Labour Leader Andrew Little. More>>

OutsKey: John Key's Valedictory Speech

I rise to address this House for the very last time. It has been a huge privilege to have served the people of Helensville as their member of Parliament, and, of course, the people of New Zealand as their Prime Minister. More>>

ALSO:

Productivity Commission: New Models Of Tertiary Education Are Coming

The report is a broad-ranging inquiry into how well New Zealand’s tertiary education system is set up to respond to emerging trends in technology and the internationalisation of education, and changes in the structure of the population, and the skills needed in the economy and society... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news