Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Sometimes a job is not worth paying a labour unit to do it.
Sometimes what a worker can produce in one hour is also not viable at the minimum wage.
Maybe, just maybe, those two rules of business may come together through movement of either or both and it results in an opening for creation of a job.
Legislating will not make a skerrik of difference unless the government steals money from an earner to subsidise the task. Reality is it wont get done until it builds to a point where a machine or a contractor blitzes it.
A person on the unemployment benefit must be better off socially financially and personally at $400 a week for 40 hours getting off their arse.
Go to any pub in the village of the dammed, the language and accents immediately reveal how many citizens from the world are looking for rewards of working, living in cabins or back packers, and still there are people in NZ claiming there are no jobs.
Hon Trevor Mallard went up SH1 to Horowhenua, to investigate a claim that asparagus growers needed to seek labour from the Islands as New Zealanders were not willing to gather the spears. Yes it was hard work but even a reasonably fit Cabinet Minister coped for one morning.
On piece rates he was around the minimum wage, it was work but no locals could be bothered.
Put a finite time on the dole and a change in attitude follows.
As a child in the 50s, an older guy lived alone in a weatherboard house across the St from my primary school. As he had need for money and no welfare, Jimmy would do anything for reward.
I have a vivid memory of Jimmy, probably in his sixties, prising rocks from the soil of a paddock belonging to a neighbour with a crowbar, and wrestling them to the terrace at paddocks edge.
It gave Jimmy another few Pounds for his grog, probably one quid per day and a lunch tossed in. He rode an old bike the 15kms on a metal road to work.
I dont recall anyone suggesting poverty at the time, he was "working". It was hard yakker, his back was hurting, it seemed mindnumbingly boring and tedious, the alternative was no money for Jimmy.
Needs must when the devil drives.