Exploiting people is immoral enough, but it is also counter productive for the entire economy.
We can’t keep exploiting migrants for economic growth…
An economist says our reliance of immigration to keep the economy humming has come back to bite us “on the backside”.
Cameron Bagrie says about two-thirds of our GDP growth over the past two years has been down to simply adding more people via migration, which peaked at a net gain of 64,100 in 2016.
“One of the downfalls of running a pretty strong net migration-infused economic model for the past 10 years… is I don’t think we’ve invested sufficiently domestically in skills training, staff development,” he told The AM Show on Tuesday.
“Lo and behold when you shut the border – which is what we’ve needed to do – suddenly that comes back and bites you on the backside.”
…and the exploitation of migrant workers is so far spread that it goes all the way into Government contracts as well…
The minister of housing has asked Kāinga Ora to review its processes after eight people were found working illegally on Government-run building sites.
The eight workers were detained for working without valid visas in an immigration raid on April 27.
They were found on east Auckland construction sites connected to the Government-run Tāmaki Regeneration Project (TRP) and have been served deportation liability notices. Two have already been deported.
…we have to stop subcontracting our obligations in construction out to a free market that is this exploitative while handicapping our own skill base.
We need a Ministry of Works that actually builds State Houses while ensuring workers rights are protected and the skills base preserved and expanded upon.
We need the State to do this because the Free Market has failed.
Exploitation corrodes all it touches.
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