The Labour Government have finally acknowledged what everyone else has realised, that NZs neoliberal mass immigration policy has undermined domestic wages, created a housing crisis and put enormous stress on our infrastructure while contributing to climate change and migration worker exploitation…
Minister for Economic Development Stuart Nash told business leaders the country must move away from its reliance on a low-skilled migrant labour force, instead targeting high-skilled workers and wealthy investors.
Those on temporary work visas make up 5 per cent of the labour force – the highest share in the OECD – and increasingly are lower skilled.
“This means businesses have been able to rely on lower-skilled labour and suppress wages rather than investing capital in productivity-enhancing plant and machinery, or employing and upskilling New Zealanders into work,” Nash said.
In normal times, more than seven million people entered New Zealand each year but in the 12 months from March last year to March this year, just 165,000 people came in.
The country had a net migration gain of 6600 people compared with 91,900 people in the previous year.
This pause gave a “once-in-a-generation” chance for a reset, Nash told those in attendance last night.
…having the borders shut has slaughtered many neoliberal cows that demanded cheap imported labour to exploit.
Labour have called for a reset, here are the winners and losers
Pacific Islanders & Horticulture – because of the vast Foreign remittance created by Pacific Island workers, fruit picking and horticulture rules won’t be changed.
Domestic Working class – Less migrant workers means less comptition for jobs and houses for the domestic working classes.
Unions – Become more powerful by removing cheaper workers that depress wages.
Retail, Service Sector, Construction, Nursing, India, China and the Philippines – Labour don’t see the same obligations for remittance to India, China and the Philippines that they see for the Pacific Islands so those industries who have benefitted most from importing cheap workers are the first to feel the impact. Construction, Nursing, Retail and the Service Sector will be forced to hire domestic labour and with the Fair Pay Agreements, that will eliminate the commercial benefit to importing in the first place.
Migrant worker exploiters – This will make the exploitation Utu uncovers each week far harder.
Greens – They are uber cosmoplitan and see any reduction in migrant access as impacting their own global transfer of skills so will call anything less than a personal hug at the airport by Jacinda to every migrant as xenophobic.
This still doesn’t address the exploitation of migrant workers because they are still bound by visa working restrictions, but it is an attempt to put a pause on infrastructure and housing stress while forcing retail and service to hire locals rather than migrant workers.
Foreign students looks far less attractive in a pandemic world and the 250 000 migrant workers currently here all need to be given amnesty as we reset ur immigratin policy.
It wasn’t their fault that we decided to shut the mass immigration scam down.
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