Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Further public sector cuts likely to push up Capital jobless

7 February 2012

Further public sector cuts likely to push up Capital’s jobless
Wellington is unlikely to see any improvement in its jobless figures unless the government changes its thinking on public sector cutbacks, according to the Public Service Association.

Latest figures show unemployment in the capital rose sharply in the December quarter to an 18-year high of 7.9 percent and is now much higher than the national average.

The PSA says public sector job losses through government-imposed budget cuts, restructurings and forced redundancies will be playing a part.

Figures from the States Services Commission on core public service staffing show that between June 2008 and June 2012, 477 full time jobs were lost from the Wellington region.

Brenda Pilott says that’s a significant number which doesn’t include positions in the wider state sector and community public services.

“These are good jobs and skilled people being taken out of the system. The government continues to claim that the market will take care of them but as the unemployment figures show, the job market is very tight.”

“What’s more is that there will be further job losses to come as the government continues to put the squeeze on, expecting departments to find another $1 billion in savings from their budgets,” she adds.

“There are still a number of reviews and restructurings going on at large agencies such as the Ministry of Justice where job losses have already been signalled, and we have yet to see the final results of the MBIE merger. Also government underfunding of many community service providers means many are struggling to stay open.”

Brenda Pilott says “what’ we’re seeing in Wellington should be a reminder to the government that austerity budgets and public sector spending cuts have consequences which go well beyond trying to reduce its bottom-line.”
ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Max Rashbrooke: On How To Make Government
More Open

It’s true that New Zealand scores well on many international rankings of openness... Those findings are all important, and welcome. But we cannot ignore the fact that there are still serious problems.

For a start, those international surveys, while often complimentary, have also pinpointed major weaknesses: political donations are badly regulated, for instance, and appointments to government boards frequently go to those with strong political connections. More>>

 
 

In Court: Hamilton Student's Lawsuit Over Climate Change Policy

A law student from Hamilton is preparing to challenge the Government in the High Court on Monday over what she says is a “failure” to properly address climate change. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Fallout From The Barclay Tape

This is hardly a case of cleaning out your desk and being turfed out onto the pavement. As others have pointed out, the disgraced Clutha-Southland MP will remain on the public payroll for three months until the election, and for three months afterwards. More>>

ALSO:

Visions: National Party Conference

National Party leader Bill English today outlined his vision to take New Zealand into the 2020s and his key priorities for the next Parliamentary term – including further raising incomes and reducing taxes. More>>

ALSO:

Ombudsman: Canterbury Schools Reorganisation Mishandled

An investigation into the Canterbury schools reorganisation after the February 2011 earthquakes has found significant gaps and flaws in the Ministry’s engagement and communications with schools and communities. More>>

ALSO:

Law Commission: Contempt Report "Protects Right To Fair Trial"

The proposed Act limits what news media representatives and bloggers can report on court proceedings, but it also makes clearer than the current law where the line is between contempt and freedom of expression. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election
 
 
 
  • PublicAddress
  • Pundit
  • Kiwiblog