The failure of a business, like A&G Price and subsequent loss of jobs is difficult for everyone involved.
However, an appeal by Waikato Engineering Careers Association for work for the staff facing unemployment resulted in 40 job offers in 40 minutes.
Not all are in Thames which means those taking up the offers will have to move or commute and that’s not good for the town but Work and Income are working on that too:
A task force was set up in response to the situation, community liaison adviser Joe Waterhouse said.
“The first thing we did was contact the local radio station to get information out to the workers. Two support sessions were held on Friday, with 32 workers attending the early morning one, which is fantastic, as some people are reluctant to approach Work and Income,” he said.
The sessions are to let people know what financial help and jobs are available. Workers who do not make contact with Work and Income will be approached privately so no one misses out.
The task force is led by work services manager Catherine Henderson and acting service centre manager Peter Davies, Waterhouse said.
“They are coordinating current vacancies and scrutinising jobs coming in. At 1.15pm on Friday, 23 jobs were emailed to Thames Coromandel District Council. Our community is experienced with big layoffs and closures of factories employing many workers.
“There is no shortage of jobs and we believe our help will mainly be to transition them back into the workforce.”
In most parts of New Zealand there is no shortage of jobs which is a very good reflection on the state of the economy.
The closure of a business like this that employs a large number of people or the establishment or expansion of a business involving big numbers of employees always makes headlines. Small numbers of job losses and gains don’t usually.
But jobs come, some go and others come all the time.
Increased mechanisation and technical advances which make work easier and faster can lead to job losses at particular work places and in particular industries.
But increased mechanisation and technical advances also create new jobs.
Think of the jobs that have become easier, those that have disappeared and those that have been created in the last 100 years.
The advent of the car meant far less work for farriers and saddle makers but it created jobs for the people who build, sell and service vehicles and all the bits and pieces from which they’re made.
Computers have come a long way, made a lot of jobs redundant and created many more.
Some fear that as they continue to advance they will replace a lot more jobs. But is it just wishful thinking to believe that something with the wit to equal or surpass the human brain would also have the wit to create new jobs?