Let’s hope health and safety measures ensure applicants aren’t trampled in their rush to slurp at a new trough

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We were a tad puzzled on learning the government is supporting fair and safe workplaces as more and more New Zealanders get back to work in Level 1.

The implication in a Beehive press statement yesterday – unintended, we trust – is that the government is now giving this support but it had not been supporting fair and safe workplaces previously.

Less ambiguously, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Iain Lees-Galloway advised us that (a) more taxpayers’ money is being pumped into health and safety and (b) a new trough is being established for oinkers.

Come to think of it, there is a health and safety issue here – the danger of applicants being trampled in a rush to the troughs which ministers eagerly promote.

Lees-Galloway mentioned the establishment of a $3 million contestable fund for business organisations, unions and community providers

“ … to access funding for initiatives that support workers and workplaces to manage employment impacts and position themselves for recovery following Covid-19.” Continue reading “Let’s hope health and safety measures ensure applicants aren’t trampled in their rush to slurp at a new trough”

The Ministerial Appointments Monitor – jobs for the boys (and jobs for the girls, too)

When Ethnic Communities Minister Jenny Salesa announced the Cabinet decision to  have ethnicity data collected for candidates appointed to State sector boards and committees, she said the government every year makes appointments to 429 state sector boards and committees.

That gives Ministers the opportunity to make appointments to an average eight public bodies a week.

Then there is the scope to dispense good cheer by announcing awards of various sorts.

Community and Voluntary Sector Minister Peeni Henare announced the awarding of some fellowships and Greater Christchurch Regeneration Minister Megan Woods announced the line-up of disaster recovery and regeneration experts who will speak at the Canterbury Earthquakes Recovery Symposium. Continue reading “The Ministerial Appointments Monitor – jobs for the boys (and jobs for the girls, too)”