Workers Rights Campaign will be picketing WINZ

Published: Wed 15 Jul 2009 10:16 AM
Workers Rights Campaign to picket WINZ over National's corporate welfare
Activists from the Workers Rights Campaign will be picketing WINZ High St in central Christchurch today (Wednesday the 15th) at 1pm to protest the National government's corporate welfare scheme that will see young people receiving the unemployment benefit sent to jobs at McDonalds restaurants, and have their training subsidised by the state. Every beneficiary McDonald’s hires will get the company up to $16,000- the equivalent of about 8 months wages for a McDonalds worker.
“Giving people low paying casualised jobs is not the solution to unemployment. This is not a scheme to help the unemployed, it is corporate welfare for a large corporation. As if paying minimum wage wasn't enough for them, McDonalds gets the state subsidising its wage bill, and WINZ acting as its HR deparment- McDonalds has an annual staff turn over rate of over 100% because of its low wages and horrendous working conditions.” said protest organiser Byron Clark
The picket is going to be around the slogans of REAL JOBS, NOT McJOBS and SOCIAL WELFARE NOT CORPORATE WELFARE.

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