Slashing jobs at state-owned KiwiRail while the Government heaps pressure on unemployed people to go back to work – disconnect much?
Today’s revelation that up to 220 KiwiRail workers could lose their jobs is shocking on many levels; the loss of paid work for so many families, erosion of rail safety, and the undermining of rail as funds continue to pour into roads.
The company aims to achieve financial sustainability by 2020 but is this really the way to go?
Meanwhile the Government is implementing welfare reforms which will put pressure on young people, sole parents and widows to get work.
Funnily enough those reforms stem from a review headed by Paula Rebstock – who is also deputy chair on KiwiRail’s board of directors.
The Government has overseen rising unemployment and its only response is to blame those who can’t find a job. Looks like quite a large number of KiwiRail workers soon to be applying for benefits are also signing up to be shamed for being unemployed. It’s a no-win for them and for the economy.