November 07, 2016
Youth unemployed a Labour target
Labour Party leader Andrew Little says the country has got to do better than it is doing now.
The party held its annual conference in Auckland over the weekend, with housing and jobs a major focus.
Mr Little told Radio Waatea host Willie Jackson people are saying there needs to be a different approach to housing, because the National Government has clearly failed.
He says while the unemployment rate has dropped to below 5 percent, of youth and Maori unemployment remains stubbornly high.
"At some point you've got to have the political will to confront that and do something about it. My thing is about the young unemployed. If we don't get them with a set of good work habits, work practices, and actually just the basic self confidence that goes with working, standing on your own feet, we're going to create problems down the track, and I've made that a personal priority and obviously for the party as well," he says.
Labour’s Ready for Work policy proposes to create six-month jobs with the Department of Conservation or non-profit organisations for up to 10,000 unemployed people under 24.
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