Job cuts: We must take action

Last updated 05:00 21/01/2014

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On February 8, 2013 I was made redundant from my job.

I have spent longer looking for work since than I ever could have imagined. Eleven months and one week so far.

I some have applications pending and though waiting is torture, for now I wait.

The reasons and explanations could easily fill a book. That's already been done. The analysis is complete, results published, obligatory hand wringing has been done.

Fixing the situation is what's needed. Action!

Make retraining easier, accessible. Education is a right not a privilege.

Reverse the age restrictions on financial assistance. Subsidise and encourage training through employers. Limit or eliminate restrictions on accommodation assistance for study.

Without action, it might be argued there is an agenda to keep people in their place by restricting support and opportunity.

The gradual, pernicious trend towards servitude of employees (including deunionisation of workplaces) and degradation of terms and conditions has also produced much analysis. This must also must be repaired.

It took a generation to break it. It will probably take another generation to repair the damage and start us back to a fairer more equal society.

Your children and grandchildren will thank you.

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