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Profits Before People Under National

National has proved it's more interested in profits than people by allowing nearly 500 jobs at New Zealand Post to be cut while accepting millions of dollars in dividends from the State Owned Enterprise, Labour State Services Spokesperson Grant Robertson said today. "

The priorities of John Key's National government are all wrong," Grant Robertson said. "In March this year NZ Post paid a dividend of almost $7 million into the government coffers for the six months to December 2008.

In that same period NZ Post made cut almost 500 jobs or contract positions. "In a time of recession keeping as many Kiwis in work should be the number one priority for the government. "By allowing job cuts at NZ Post to go ahead at the same time as taking a multi -million dollar dividend clearly shows National has got its priorities wrong.

Grant Robertson says New Zealanders realise that all commercial operations are feeling the pressure of the economic downturn but the Government should shoulder some of the burden to keep Kiwis in work. "The dividend paid to the Government could have been used to prevent many of the NZ Post redundancies,"

Grant Robertson said. "National's priorities are also short-sighted. The Government will be lumped with a dole bill of over $1 billion if unemployment hits forecast levels. "Keeping as many Kiwis in work will minimise the bill, it will keep New Zealanders productive and paying taxes.

"In just eight months the National Government has announced up to 1500 public servants will be laid off. TVNZ paid dividends but laid off 90 staff and now we find out NZ Post has done the same and cut 500 jobs. "Is this a government that is doing everything within its power to Keep Kiwis in work?" Grant Robertson said.

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