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Thursday, October 20, 2005

It must be hard being a Green...

I was thinking about doing some two-faced Gollum/Smeagol act for this post, but honestly don't have the time with people in the office and things to do. So I'll keep this thought relatively brief.

God it must be hard being Green. I mean here we have Air New Zealand, an airline cutting back staff because it is no longer economic to service planes in New Zealand - one of the furtherest places to travel to in the planet. Yet, despite all the bluster on the Greens website about nationalising AirNZ, it is posts like this that give a true indication of their feeling towards airlines.

What would you choose - the environment or the economy? Would you cut off your nose to spite your face?

Update: And here is a dangerous trend, asking for student loans to be written off anytime your job disappears. FFS people, I am sympathetic to people that lose their jobs, hell I work in a sector that probably has less jobs that aircraft engineers in New Zealand, is rather specialised, and most of the jobs are in the public sector (I'm not). The only job security I have is that I am one of the owners of the business. I won't get a handout if our business goes phut. Why the hell should anyone else ask for a student loan to be written off just because they lose their job. Studying is not risk free. You cannot guarantee that your chosen profession will always support you, or even continue to exist, and is something students need to factor into their decision when choosing a course of study.

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Posted by Bernard Woolley | 10/20/2005 01:40:00 PM

10 Comments:

Anonymous genie said...

Hmmm.... What's wrong with this job cutting by AirNZ? Oh, people are going to loose their jobs! Then why no-one shouted when thousands of software development roles were outsourced? Or call support jobs? Is the damage becomes aparent only when it hits your own pocket?

10/20/2005 02:19:00 PM  
Blogger ZenTiger said...

The Greens are urging Air NZ not to cut jobs, yet JF is on record for saying we need to reduce the number of tourists, which would obviously impact on Air NZ's viability.

Frog Blog has a post pointing out the evils of pollution from aircraft. EVIL. BAD. Surely, an eco-tax target?

Rod Donald urges the government (that's effectively us taxpayers) to give AirNZ more money, by taking less dividends from AirNZ. Corporate welfare. Whose taxes go up to pay for this Rod?

Will your eco-taxes make AirNZ's viability even more shaky?

Looks to me the Greens are busy covering their bets. They want AirNZ to continue, and it sounds good to the voters. I wonder if the voters notice the Greens want to use tax money to do it?

The Green Economic Management System, when fully revealed, is looking to be more taxes and they'll use the government to run the businesses they want to keep. Corporate Welfare already on the table. More State Ownership.

Why do they call the Greens watermelons again?

10/20/2005 02:40:00 PM  
Blogger David said...

I'm surprised to find out, from the Greens no less, that trains create ten times the greenhouse gases as ships. Most NZ cities are on the sea. Maybe we can meet our Kyoto targets by ripping up the filthy railways and sending goods around the country on ships.

Is shutting down railways Greens policy? And if not, why not?

10/20/2005 05:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WaterMelons:
A thin coating of Green, RED to the core, very little of substance.

10/20/2005 10:59:00 PM  
Blogger Bernard Woolley said...

Ewww, so thats why they taste like crap when I take a bite! ;)

10/21/2005 08:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Sophie said...

My boyfriend has just finished the second year of his four year degree in aircraft engineering and management. The degree is with both AirNZ and Massey as providers. He has finished the AirNZ part wich was all the practical work etc. This all really sucks for him, but people going around demanding their student loans to be paid off is ridiculous.

10/21/2005 10:08:00 AM  
Blogger Bernard Woolley said...

Sophie - sorry to hear about your boyfriend. That must be one of the worst positions to be in given recent news. Is he going to carry on or is he thinking about another career now?

10/21/2005 01:57:00 PM  
Blogger darren said...

I have seen on the net that Qantas wants to do the same in Oz and get rid of 2000 engineers.
I thought the Christchurch centre especially was being successful in gaining work from overseas.
Well, maybe they can get some more Qantas work to help replace the jobs being lost.

10/21/2005 02:02:00 PM  
Blogger Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Sophie. Tell him to complete the four years otherwise he will have written off the first two. When he has graduated go off overseas for five or ten years and get experience whereever the work is being done. By that time sanity will have prevailed and Qantas and ANZ will be merged and between them there will be jobs again in the Antipodes.

10/21/2005 02:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Sophie said...

Thanks BW and AF. Yeah, I think he is going to carry on with the degree. The Massey part will probablly be able to be cross-credited to other courses if need be (it's mainly general engineering and management papers), and he has already racked up a big loan having to do the flight hours etc as well. It's his passion so I know he will want to carry on if possible. Hopefully there will be a job for him somewhere at the end of it (even if he has to go overseas). I think he wants to specialise in the smaller works (like avionics) so there may be work for him at AirNZ after all. It's still a very sucky position for him to be in though.

10/21/2005 11:21:00 PM  

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