We seem to be allergic in this country to debating our ridiculous immigration and migration policy.
The Government doesn’t mind because the tens and tens and tens of thousands let into NZ each year keeps their property bubble inflated and makes economic growth look far better than it really is, and anyone who raises it on the Left gets accused of being a Winston Peter’s xenophobe who is little better than a Klu Klux Klan member.
It’s time to call bullshit on all of that.
Our Housing Crisis is being driven by speculative greed and an immigration policy that has simply opened the flood gates. Our infrastructure is groaning to a halt because it can’t cope with this flood. Our tourism infrastructure is buckling. Our social infrastructure isn’t coping and the joke infrastructure into the regions who are actually exporting and making money compounds this problem.
Leaving things to the free market in a country as small as NZ is a recipe for gross inequality, and that’s what we are getting.
Immigration and migration isn’t an issue about race! What most NZers seem to utterly miss in the immigration debate is that it’s a giant scam for corporations and employers!
Mike Treen helps break down the illusion in his must read blog this week detailing how employers have manipulated immigration policy to allow a slave market of lowly paid workers to flood our country.
It is a bewilderingly vicious calculation to avoid having to train NZers and pay them appropriately for their skills while importing workers who know nothing of their rights and are constantly exploited.
This impacts all the social infrastructure because these lowly paid workers drag on the system and it creates friction between the working classes who are now competing with cheaper labour who have been imported.
Why the hell are we importing workers for chefs, dairy cattle farmers, cafe/restaurant managers, retail managers, carpenters, dairy cattle farm workers, retail supervisors, aged or disabled carers, truck drivers and registered aged care nurses???
Is there any NZers in NZ who can say with a straight face that we can’t train NZers to be chefs, dairy cattle farmers, cafe/restaurant managers, retail managers, carpenters, dairy cattle farm workers, retail supervisors, aged or disabled carers, truck drivers and registered aged care nurses? These industries are ripping off the people of NZ by undercutting wage prices and training courses so they can import exploitable migrants!
The obviousness of this exploitation seems to be utterly missed when we debate and discuss immigration. This is a rort on a massively corrupt scale and I don’t believe we should allow xenophobe name calling to call out those industries who are importing these exploited workers.
We have to tackle the demand side of our housing crisis and its pressures on our infrastructure and clamping down on these worker visa scams will also force those industries to invest in kiwi workers and pay kiwi wages.
Enough is enough!