- September 21, 2013 - 22:25
I know of a man, a fully qualified 28 year old carpenter, who cannot find a single employer to hire him... he's been searching for four months and is newly married for 13 months, with a child on the way. He's strong, healthy, super competent and a great guy to be around with a wonderful and charming disposition but he cannot find work. Do you REALLY, REALLY want to know why? Because A) He will not and he cannot afford to work for minimum wage as a carpenter and head of household. B) He is a "Newly Landed Canadian" refugee and has been in NL for only 3 years C) He is Black, from Africa and unfortunately for him, he speaks English fluently but with a very strong accent. Those are the REAL ABCs of the CFA curse and the NL labor shortage byes, right quick. This article would be hilarious if reality was not as tragic as it currently is. Shortage of labor? The reason why all parties concerned in this article are so confused by this news piece is because it fails to mention one word and it also omits the mention of a strong NL mindset. The missing word actually should be inserted first, in the title and the word is "Cheap". The mindset?... well that's as black as coal byes: It's called Xenophobia.
- Turry from town
- September 11, 2013 - 12:16
Well said Sue.We have a declining population because young people are leaving for better wages not due to lack of economic activity. The wages the board of trade members and homebuilders assoiation do not want to pay. They want immagration from other countries where people make sweatshop wages and long to leave for the canadian dream.These people will work for minimum wage and their employers will be subsidizd for hiring them and the taxpayer will be on the hook.Simple solution with labour shortage,do what Alberta has done.If you pay them,they will come.
- September 11, 2013 - 05:02
If the homebuilders paid their labourers more money, then they would have more workers immediately. The cost of housing has tripled in the last few years, the workers pay hasn't tripled though. People would come from other provinces, just as Newfoundland has supplied workers to Ontario and Alberta for decades, people would come here to work if the pay and incentives were better.