Support for Workers in the Covid-19 Emergency
what can we learn?
This article first briefly describes pre-Covid-19 support for workers who lose their jobs in New Zealand, then outlines and evaluates the government response to potential and actual job loss in the Covid-19 emergency. The main response was a wage subsidy. Some aspects of it were highly effective; others were problematic and tolerable only because it was a crisis and temporary. It demonstrated the systemic weaknesses in New Zealand’s support for displaced workers. The article finally considers what is needed to prepare New Zealand better for times of job loss.
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