Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Rotorua Benefits Protest

Rotorua beneficiaries burnt cardboard cutouts of

Social Development Minister Paula Bennett as part

of protest against her threats to their benefits. 100

beneficiaries gathered outside the Work and Income

on July 11 to demonstrate against the Future Focus

Bill which could see entitlements to emergency

grants slashed. The bill would also force domestic

purposes beneficiaries to compete against a record

number of unemployed for jobs once their youngest

child turns six. March organiser Paul Blair, from the

Rotorua Welfare Action Group, said the National

Government is perpetuating the lie that there

are jobs for everyone and refuses to admit that

unemployment is a permanent structural feature of


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