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


Youth guarantee expansion a start, but jobs still missing

4 September 2013

Youth guarantee expansion a start, but jobs still missing

Today's announcement by Steven Joyce that all New Zealanders under 25 will be able to access fee-free level 1 and 2 training is positive, but just a drop in the bucket for the nearly 57,000 young people out of work, said Asher Goldman, Co-convenor, Stand Up, the youth network of the Council of Trade Unions.

"The 57,000 New Zealanders under 25 who are out of work and struggling are in need of real solutions to youth unemployment.” said Asher Goldman.

“Some unemployed youth will find this fee-free training useful, and we commend the Government for providing them with this assistance. At the same time, the Government is removing young workers’ rights through the 90 days legislation and the Employment Relations Amendment Bill, and allowing them to be paid less through youth rates.”

"Having nearly 57,000 young people unemployed should be a source of national shame that demands immediate action on job creation and on providing support for career pathways.”

"While young people cry out for the opportunity to find a fulfilling job with opportunities to develop their skills, they are instead having to make do with crumbs from the Government's table."

"Young workers need a government that is committed to supporting them, not one that gives with one hand and takes away with the other," said Mr Goldman.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Case For Nationalising Our Urban Bus Services

When it comes to funding and managing public transport, should local government or central government bear most of the responsibility for delivering a quality service? Ratepayers or taxpayers? Those basic questions re-surfaced yesterday, after the government announced its intention to scrap the Public Transport Operating Model (PTOM) imposed by the last National government in 2013. That model had required councils to use private contractors to run the buses, via a cut-throat competitive tendering process...


School Strike 4 Climate: Intergenerational Climate Strike On September 23rd
Once again School Strike for climate Ōtautahi (Christchurch) is asking all students to unite in a call to all council candidates to #voteclimate. Happening on Friday 23rd of September... More>>

Privacy Commissioner: Public Input Sought To Inform Privacy Rules For Biometrics
Privacy Commissioner Michael Webster is encouraging New Zealanders to have their say on the use of biometric information in Aotearoa New Zealand... More>>

National: Food Prices Climb Taking Kiwis Backwards
Kiwi families continue to battle runaway food prices, National’s Finance spokesperson Nicola Willis says... More>>

Human Rights Commission: Urgent Government Action Needed To Support Renters’ Human Rights
An immediate freeze on rent increases could give renters some reprieve during the cost-of-living crisis says Te Kahui Tika Tangata, the Human Rights Commission... More>>

Government: Creating Sustainable Public Transport For All
Workers and public transport users are at the heart of the new Sustainable Public Transport Framework, Transport Minister Michael Wood announced today... More>>

Government: Tax Break To Boost Long-term Rental Supply
The Government is encouraging more long-term rental options by giving developers tax relief for as long as the homes are held as long-term rentals, the Housing Minister Megan Woods has announced... More>>




InfoPages News Channels