More than three hundred military personnel have been told this morning that they have lost their jobs.
They include 81 officers and 227 personnel from other ranks.
It expected that there would be 500 fewer military personnel by the end of the year with $40 million a year saved on payroll.
Ovation New Zealand has today confirmed the closure of its Waipukurau boning facility and redundancy of 304 staff.
But not to worry – there’s HEAPS of jobs on TradeMe. All those rural meat-packers and junior officers can all just walk into roles as senior Java developers.
Clumsy sarcasm aside, Social Development Minister Paula Bennett is gonna have to throw a lot more people off the unemployment benefit to game the statistics for this quarter.
Update: The CTU claims that the government is sacking military staff and then re-hiring them as civilians on lower pay and worse conditions, which is normally illegal but isn’t in this case because defence personnel aren’t covered by employment law for constitutional reasons.