Sunday, June 28, 2009

Reflections on the 'Jobs Summit'

I'm surprised that anyone still remembers the "Jobs Summit" of February 27, 2009. I had to go to the New Zealand Herald to refresh my memory. Here is part of what I found:

"A nine-day working fortnight, an investment fund worth hundreds of millions of dollars and – the surprise item – a cycleway the length of New Zealand are among the few specific ideas to emerge in a 21-point plan to counter the ailing economy.

"Prime Minister John Key will give priority to working on taxpayer-paid training subsidies for businesses that cut a working fortnight to nine days, with nine days' pay."

All these proposals seem to have been eclipsed by the continuing loss of jobs.

(The above cartoon is from the Manawatu Standard of June 25, 2009.)

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