Despite 250 000 immigrant tsunami, low wage industry still demands more workers to exploit

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Migration record as nearly 250,000 people arrive in NZ in one year

A record number of new migrants arrived in New Zealand in the year to November 30, according to provisional estimates released today.

But an immigration consultant says many of those newcomers will leave, and too many skilled young Kiwis are already moving overseas.

Stats NZ said migrant arrivals were estimated at 249,500, up 135 per cent compared with the November 2022 year.

Ok, despite a 250 000 immigrant tsunami, the low wage industry still demands more workers to exploit…

Job check delays by Immigration NZ are causing stress – Hospitality NZ

Long delays by Immigration New Zealand (INZ) to conduct job checks for work visa applications are impacting hospitality, presenting challenges and stress for businesses that hire migrants, Hospitality NZ says.

One applicant had to wait four months for INZ to do her job check, which was needed for her work visa but lost her job because her would-be employer could not hold the position for her.

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…it’s hilarious, we are so addicted to a low wage economy in NZ we have to import more and more migrants to exploit and even then it isn’t enough for the low wage industry exploiter, Hospitality NZ!

We have migrant worker exploitation through the roof at the same time the Government wants to cut back on Labour inspectorates at MBIE!

The Exploitation Capitalists have opened the immigration flood gates which generates pressure on rentals, public transport, public infrastructure, public services and pushes wages down.

This will generate intense frictions which the Government doesn’t care about as long as their rich boss mates have a pool of exploitable labour.

Economically this country is built upon two essential pillars, stealing land from Māori and never paying it back and exploiting low wage migrant labour.

The issue isn’t high migration, the issue is that neither National or Labour spent enough on infrastructure to keep up with the huge migration game.

It creates fake growth which in turn causes social friction as the domestic working class are pitted against cheaper migrant labour.

We are not an over taxed, over regulated economy!

Our top tax rate is the 39th highest in the world behind all the Scandinavian countries plus Germany, the United Kingdom, Ireland, France and South Africa!

Australia’s top tax rate is 47cents!

Our GST rate doesn’t even get us into the top 50 and our corporate tax rate is 40th while Government spending against GDP ranks 56th!

And we are voted easiest to do business by the World Bank!

We are addicted to a low wage economy because 30 years of neoliberalism has gutted the union movement.

We are so addicted to a low wage economy that we will risk triggering a spike in unemployment to capitulate to big industry who are reliant on cheap labour.

This will see unemployment rise as big industry dump Kiwi workers for their cheaper imports and we will see the impact this next year as the recession really kicks off.

To inoculate the country against these dynamics, we urgently need the Fair Pay Agreements to ensure the imported workforce are unionised, but of course the first thing this Government did was dump the Fair pay Agreements!

Things are only going to get worse…

New Government worsening New Zealand’s economic challenges – insurance bigwig

A top insurance director warns there’s “a looming risk of rising unemployment” due to the new Government exacerbating New Zealand’s economic challenges.

The comments from David Meys, the commercial director of Coface New Zealand, come after the Government removed an objective to support maximum sustainable employment from the Reserve Bank of New Zealand’s (RBNZ) monetary policy remit.    

Meys told Insurance Business Mag, “while 2024 will see rebounding commodity prices and increasing tourism and migrant student numbers, the economic challenges faced by New Zealand are exacerbated by the policy decisions of the new conservative coalition Government”. 

…I do not believe that we are ready for this jelly.

 

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28 COMMENTS

  1. Are economies ready for the impact of Globalization? According to my observation, nation states are still unsuccessful in this regard. Multinational but federal states such as the USA are trying to put globalization and union rights on the same legal dimension in this regard.

  2. “ I do not believe that we are ready for this jelly.”

    It’s a lovely closing line, but do you want to have another go?

  3. This Xmas and New Year I was in Wellington regional Hospital as a patient. None of the nurses were New Zealanders! There were lots of nurses from Kerala India and nurses from England and The Philippines. There were English Doctors and one from Iran. I assume Kiwi nurses have gone to Australia for better pay?

    • Yes, Queensland is particularly attractive. Cheaper housing, better conditions, more money. Hard to say what stands out. But what’s also happening is many of the migrant medical professionals, who came to NZ a decade ago, are also making the move. MoH of course know all the numbers but not sure if the data is publically available, or subject to OIA.

  4. Martyn – Oversea migrants make up a large percentage of the medical, engineering, and education fields…most are magic, but not all sadly.

  5. Let’s not confuse NZs appetite for migrant workers and the unscrupulous activities of agents who exploit the own kind. Connected but not the same thing. Yes, where there are failings are in the political settings that promote these huge numbers of work visas, but also the inability of Ministries and their agencies to regulate the breaches. We saw all this under the Labour govt also.

  6. The migrants are here to pay for your future pension Martyn because, as in all western democracies, our birth rates are below replacement level. What else is a low wage, low productivity country to do but buy into the great immigration scan.

    • I think you’ll find that Martyn has already paid for his pension through the taxes he has paid Ann. At least that’s what Muldoon had us believe when he killed of Labour’s pension scheme. Just another example of collective stupidity that seems to afflict this country.

    • Yes, Ann. Without net growth in immigration funding the universal pension scheme for future generations would be nigh impossible. Not to mention gst. Martyn has a point though, keeping up with infrastructure needs that come with population growth has been woeful, except for a few high profile exceptions. For local bodies, ratepayers cant fund it all. And its never ending. But soon it will be renters who outnumber ratepayers anyway. Housing affordability is another side of the immigration story. Little wonder the real estate industry is in it knee deep.

    • Good point Ann E which so many just have not realised. NZ euro birth rate is at about 1.6%. Māori are currently at or above replacement level and heading for 20% of population–17.2% now.

      Countries such as Japan and as you say the West, are really in for a hard time with an aged population needing carers and medical attention, but not enough young ones to do the other essential work.

      And there is the rub, capital moves around the world in milliseconds 24/7 with digital transfers. Physical and intellectual human labour however has many restrictions on its mobility as we all know.

  7. We decided to take a ride to the bottom when we adopted neoliberalism in the mid 1980s. We’ve gone well past Go and are now collecting our prize. Homelessness, aged and collapsing infrastructure, violence and poverty and much more.

    The body NZ since been rendered of its fat and has been flayed of its flesh, our national masochism now demands we dissolve its very bones in Friedman’s vitriol.

  8. You are right Martyn. I am grateful for migrants who do the work ; thank goodness for them and those who seek to come here. We should welcome them, but not on the basis of grizzly bosses who can’t get enough low paid workers. One of the things that needs a serious good look is the RSE scheme : I would never want to deny Pasifika workers the chance to come work here to pick our fruit and harvest our veggies so they can send money home. The critical thing for migrants is to be able to transfer employers when their bosses turn out to be crooks – and to clamp down on the agents who are bringing them here as labour hire workers. And actually, put them in jail.

  9. “Economically this country is built upon two essential pillars, stealing land from Māori and never paying it back and exploiting low wage migrant labour.”
    The third essential pillar is the banks and government conspiring to increase the money supply exponentially while manipulating the CPI to keep it low, which means wages decrease in real terms as they are tied to the CPI and not real inflation, and property prices increase exponentially as interest rates are artificially low.
    The non property owner worker is well and truly fucked and this is 100% intentional.

  10. “Economically this country is built upon two essential pillars, stealing land from Māori and never paying it back and exploiting low wage migrant labour.”
    The third essential pillar is the banks and government conspiring to increase the money supply exponentially while manipulating the CPI to keep it low, which means wages decrease in real terms as they are tied to the CPI and not real inflation, and the stolen property prices increase exponentially as interest rates are artificially low.
    The non property owner worker is well and truly fucked and this is 100% intentional.

  11. it’s a pathetic disgrace that so many are allowed in. When you request a migrant work visa as an employer, you must make a statutory declaration that “I have tried to find suitable New Zealanders but could not”.

    A responsible government (which we have not seen in generations) would firmly enforce perjury charges on employers who lie their arses off about this.

    Any even remotely competent government would require evidence of workplace planning, including attempts to recruit and train New Zealanders, and check subsequent applications against the genuineness of those efforts.

    But of corse we’ve only had flotsam in power for four decades – they don’t give a rats arse about doing their jobs. Time they lost them.

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