Too many Kiwis are being left behind due to stagnant wages in the face of rising inflation, according to the latest employment figures released today, says Labour’s Employment spokesperson Grant Robertson.
“While it is always good to see the total rate of unemployment come down, looking beyond the rosy headline figure reveals deeper concerns that should worry New Zealanders.
Steven Joyce’s much vaunted pre-Budget speech is simply an underwhelming response to the infrastructure deficit National has created, says Labour’s Finance Spokesperson Grant Robertson.
“Steven Joyce has belatedly come to the realisation that everyone else has a long time ago, that this country needs an urgent and enormous catch-up from nine years of under investment by this government.
A commitment to full employment and a more transparent process to provide market certainty are the hallmarks of Labour’s proposals for a new approach to monetary policy, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson.
An OECD report released today, highlighting the need for increased support for workers who are made redundant, is a strong endorsement of the direction of Labour’s Future of Work Commission, says Labour’s Employment spokesperson Grant Robertson.
“We welcome the OECD’s report which closely aligns with the conclusions that Labour’s own Future of Work commission announced last year.
The latest productivity figures from Statistics New Zealand, revealing Labour productivity fell 0.7 percent in the year ended March 2016, show Kiwis are working harder than ever before and getting less and less for their hard work, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson.
“We are slipping further and further behind in a measure that matters to Kiwis’ quality of life, we’re all working harder but getting nothing extra for our efforts.
Nine years of inaction and complacency by National have left major holes in the economy that are being exploited at a cost to New Zealanders, says Labour Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson.
“On multiple fronts National's failure to be an active manager of the economy is being exposed. It's time for a Labour Government that understands that the economy is not an end in itself, but a means to create a decent life for all Kiwis.
National’s failure to manage the economy for the long run has been exposed by the latest GDP figures which show the rate of growth halving in one quarter, says Labour’s Finance Spokesperson Grant Robertson
“GDP grew by only 0.4 per cent in the December quarter, down from 0.8 per cent in the previous quarter which should worry a Government that boasts all is rosy.
The Wellington City Council’s plans to boost their social and affordable housing portfolio is proof that delivery of warm, dry and affordable homes can be achieved when there is a strong will, says Grant Robertson, MP for Wellington Central.
“This is a superb initiative from the Wellington City Council and will help supply another 750 much-needed beds at the Arlington site and other locations in Wellington, with a mix of social housing to rent and affordable housing to buy.