For Kiwis out of work life’s no fairy tale
14 November 2012
For Kiwis out of work life’s no
National can use all the cute words it
likes to avoid answering tough questions on unemployment,
but for New Zealanders out of work, life’s no fairy tale,
says Labour’s Employment spokesperson Su’a William
“The Social Development Minister’s attempt at
humour in question time today won’t be appreciated by
those looking for work. New Zealanders want answers in plain
“There is nothing funny about trawling through
job sites and newspapers day after day, week after week, and
finding nothing, or being repeatedly turned down.
Finance Minister can explain away record high unemployment
as ‘grumpy growth’– but the issue remains – 175,000
Kiwis are looking for work, and they’re not jobless due to
a lack of trying.
“During the general debate this
afternoon, I called on the National Government to deal with
the reality of the here and now in Aotearoa New
“We don’t live in Europe or any other
country. We live in New Zealand, and the problems our
country is facing are real.
“Unemployment is at its
highest point in a decade and after four years in office the
New Zealand public deserve to hear its government take
responsibility for that.
“In 1999 under the last
National Government, Māori and Pacific unemployment rates
were at 14.8%. Under a Labour government those rates dropped
to 8.2% for Māori in 2008 and 7.3% for Pasifika. Now in
2012, under a National-led government Māori and Pasifika
unemployment is above 15%.
“We are talking about real
people and real families, who deserve a fair go. National is
failing them – again,” Su’a William Sio
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