Government begins killing 3000 jobs this weekend

BY ACT at 29 March, 2018


“By increasing the minimum wage to $16.50 an hour, the Government is condemning 3000 young, unskilled workers to the scrapheap”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.


Official analysis by the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment shows the ‘restraint on employment’ as a result of the minimum wage hike could be about 3000 jobs.


“In a classic example of good intentions and poor results, some of New Zealand’s most vulnerable workers will

Printing money doesn’t create jobs

BY ACT at 26 March, 2018


“Directing the Reserve Bank to focus on employment ignores the basic fact that printing money doesn’t create jobs”, says ACT Leader David Seymour. 


“Monetary policy doesn’t affect employment in the long-term. 


“Jobs are created when we have a world-class education system, a flexible labour market, and a sound welfare system, none of which is related to monetary policy. 


“If central banks were able to increase employment by printing money, Zimbabwe would be a

Greenpeace ban would be lose-lose

BY ACT at 19 March, 2018


“A ban on oil and gas exploration as proposed by Greenpeace would put 11,000 jobs at risk and could harm the environment”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.


The oil and gas industry creates thousands of jobs, contributes $2.5 billion to the New Zealand economy and $500 million to the Government in royalties each year.


“Not only would a ban on exploration make us poorer as a country, it would drive production of

Winston’s minimum wage will kill Northland

BY David Seymour at 18 August, 2017

Winston Peters’ idea of raising the minimum wage to $20 will have a devastating effect on employment, especially in areas like Northland.

Unemployment not caused by employers OR drug users

BY David Seymour at 28 February, 2017

The government and opposition have both missed the point by blaming unemployment on drug users and immigration, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“Employers are turning to migrant workers not because Kiwis are drug addicts, and not because migrants are cheaper,” says Mr Seymour. “The real issue is a fundamental lack of basic life skills among local available employees.