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REMOVING MINIMUM WAGES FOR YOUTH WORKERS A GOOD START TO KICK START TRAINING & JOBS

June 10th, 2013

OUR COUNTRY’S FUTURE DEPENDS ON REMOVING MINIMUM WAGES FOR YOUTH

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Rising youth unemployment is the ”scandal of our times” and should be tackled by removing the minimum wage, introducing more training programs and maintaining an onshore manufacturing workforce, the global head of hiring firm Adecco says.

With youth unemployment in Europe and Australia at twice the overall jobless rate, and above 50 per cent in Greece and Spain, Adecco chief executive Patrick De Maeseneire said countries had to rethink how they constructed their economies or ”lose a generation for whom we are not creating a future”.

”What can we do to create an economy where there is a future for everybody?” Mr De Maeseneire, who heads one of the world’s biggest recruitment firms, said during a visit to Australia.

MaeseneireEurope a warning, says Patrick De Maeseneire.

”We have to dare to get away from minimum wages … and from the yearly increases because of inflation. We have to build a competitive workforce at the lower level just to get them started. A couple of years later they will be above that minimum, but let them start and build up their experience.”

But Australian Workers Union national vice-president Stephen Bali said lower wages were not a solution given the high cost of living.

Instead, he called for more permanent jobs and a move away from casual work, as well as affordable training for younger employees and apprenticeships.

”You don’t need cheap wages. Even if you halve the wages in Australia, would it save one job? No. The cost of living in Australia is a lot different to other countries,” he said. Even the cost of taking a Certificate IV course at TAFE had soared.

Mr De Maeseneire’s comments came after Ford said it was ending its local manufacturing operations in 2016 as the cost of producing cars in Australia had become uncompetitive. About 1200 jobs were expected to be lost, with positions in related industries also affected.

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Mr De Maeseneire said a Danish study of youths between 1995 and 2010 found those who were unemployed at a younger age were less likely to be employed when they were older, or earning much less than those who initially had a job.

In Australia, the unemployment rate for teenagers between 15 and 19 was at 15.8 per cent in April. It was 11.7 per cent for those aged between 15 and 24. The overall jobless rate in April was 5.5 per cent.

In Europe, the jobless for those under 25 was 23.5 per cent in March. It passed 59 per cent in Greece and 55 per cent in Spain.

The high rate has set off alarm bells and is set to top the agenda of European Union leaders when they meet in late June.

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said the youth jobless rate was a ”catastrophe”, and Italy’s Labour Minister Enrico Giovannini said it was ”not acceptable” the best-educated generation was being placed ”on hold”.

Mr De Maeseneire said he supported permanent positions rather than temporary ones but warned that Europe showed higher minimum wages and inflexible employment practices meant ”nobody hires anybody any more. If you lower that barrier, companies will say, what’s the risk [in hiring these youths].”

In Europe, fiscal austerity as well as inflexible labour market policies have been blamed for the so-called ”lost generation” of unemployed young people.

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Mr De Maeseneire said countries such as Australia also needed to maintain industrial and manufacturing jobs to keep unskilled youth involved in the economy.

”You cannot have a service economy without an underlying industrial economy,” he said. ”You dig that stuff out of the ground, ship it in big tankers and have it transformed in China into final products – or you could do that yourself and create a lot of added value for the country.”

He cited Spain, where a 17 per cent difference in salaries enticed Ford to move out of Genk, Belgium, to Valencia, and said the global financial crisis had given nations the opportunity to transform their economies.

”This is not a plea for low salaries; it is about investing in productivity, in differentiation and innovation,” he said. Australia’s manufacturing wages were still within a competitive range, unlike Europe’s, and should be kept at that level for several years.

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Henry Sapiecha
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MARYBOROUGH YOUNG PROFESSIONALS HAVE GUEST SPEAKER ON NEPALESE FORGET ME NOT FOUNDATION ORPHANAGE

October 19th, 2011

Dear Members & Supporters,

Breakfast Invite – 20 October, 2011

Speaker: Lars Olsen – Forget Me Not Foundation

Come and join in with the Maryborough Young Professionals to hear from an inspirational local, Lars Olsen.

In 2004, Lars Olsen travelled from his home town of Hervey Bay to Nepal to volunteer at a children’s orphanage. During this time, he became deeply disturbed by the systemic problems of malnutrition, abuse and poor levels of care that plagued the orphanage. Upon returning to Australia, Lars devoted himself to improving the lives of Nepalese orphans and worked to establish the Forget-Me-Not Children’s Home in Kathmandu. From the orphanage’s humble beginnings where it housed six orphan girls, Lars has led a tireless fundraising effort that has seen the Forget-Me-Not Children’s Home grow dramatically. Come along to hear his inspirational story.

Date: Thursday, 20 October 2011
Location: Maryborough RSL, Upstairs Function Room
Time: 6:30am for 6:50am Start
Duration: Finish by 8:00am
Price: $15.00
RSVP:
http://mbyp.whosattending.com/events/55

We look forward to seeing you there!
RSVP NOW!

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TRIATHLON EVENT IN HERVEY BAY @ the FRASER COAST QUEENSLAND

September 24th, 2010

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FRASER COAST YOUNG PROFESSIONALS BREAKFAST INVITATION

August 10th, 2010

Breakfast in Maryborough

Thursday August 26 – come and start your day the only way.

Great local Business Man, Shams Dean,  Local Owner of McDonalds Restaurants Maryborough and Hervey Bay will be with us to share his journey.

This is a morning not to miss. Be encouraged by a local that has achieved great measures of success.

WHAT’S STOPPING YOU FROM COMING? ONLY YOU!

Lot’s of new and fresh ideas.

When:                         Thursday 26 August 2010
Where:                        Maryborough RSL
Time:                          6:30am arrival for 6:45am start to 8:00am
Cost:                           $15.00 per person (Includes great Guest Speaker, Full Buffet breakfast, hot and cold beverages and an unforgettable morning)

RSVP HERE

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READ TO KIDS VOLUNTEERS WANTED ONCE A WEEK

June 25th, 2010

The Pyjama foundation is asking you to think of the kids for one hour a week.Read on…

Good Evening

My name is Cressida Toorenburg and I am the Regional Coordinator for The Pyjama Foundation.

The Pyjama Foundation recruits, screens, trains and supports Pyjama Angels – volunteer members of the community who work with foster children and support our true heroes – Australia’s foster families. Pyjama Angels deliver The Pyjama Foundation Love of Learning Program™, a literacy-based mentoring program which addresses statistics around children in care:

  • 92% of children in care are below the average reading level at age seven
  • 75% of these children do not complete schooling
  • 50% of the homeless come from a care background
  • 35% enter the juvenile justice system at some point (82% of Australian prisoners have below grade 4 level of functional literacy)
  • 28% of care-leavers are parents within 12 months of leaving care

I am currently looking for members of the Fraser Coast community over 18 years of age to be trained as Pyjama Angels. Angels visit a child in foster care once a week for one hour to read and engage them in literacy activities. The range and professional qualifications of our Pyjama Angels is diverse and they are made up of business and academic professionals, students, retirees and generally people who have a love of reading.

In an attempt to notify as many people and get the message out about this great not for profit organisation I would appreciate it if you could forward this email onto your networks please.

I have attached a copy of our Frequently Asked Questions and an application form should you or someone you know be interested in volunteering one hour a week. You may also like to visit the website  www.thepyjamafoundation.com where you can find further information including collection centres in the area for our annual pyjama drive.

pyjama foundation Frequently Asked Questions

Pyjama Angel Application _

If you have any questions or would like me to visit to discuss further fundraising ideas to support the role of Pyjama Angels in the community please feel free to contact me –

Cressida Toorenburg on 0417761593.

Warm Regards

Cressida

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McDONALDS FRANCHISE OWNER GIVES OUT SECRETS – YOU'RE INVITED

May 28th, 2010

Dear Members and Guests,


WHAT’S STOPPING YOU!!!

On Thursday June 10 – come and start your day the only way.

Incredible Business Man – Shams Dean – Local Owner and Franchisee of McDonalds Restaurants Maryborough and Hervey Bay will be with us to share his journey, but to also relay great principles on how to be your best always.

WHAT’S STOPPING YOU FROM COMING – ONLY YOU

A great morning it will be – networking a MUST.

When:                    Thursday 10 June 2010
Where:                  Maryborough RSL
Time:                      6:30am arrival for 6:50am start to 8:00am
Cost:                      $15.00 per person
(Includes great Guest Speaker, Full Buffet breakfast, hot and cold beverages and an unforgettable morning)

RSVP HERE

FCYP Presents
Sex and the City 2
Maybe Melbourne
with your help!
Date: Friday 4 June 2010
Time: 7pm for a 9pm screening
Tickets: $45
Theme: Frock up and think pink!

Tickets available from BigScreen Cinemas Box Office, Mortgage Choice, Wilson HTM & FCYP Board Members

Download the flyer for this event here!

Received and published by Henry Sapiecha 28th May 2010


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NATIONAL YOUTH WEEK APRIL 10th-18th

April 6th, 2010
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NATIONAL YOUTH WEEK

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April brings National Youth Week, the largest celebration of young people on the Australian calendar. This year National Youth Week is being celebrated from April 10 ?18. The theme of National Youth Week 2010 is ‘Live It Now!’. There will be events right across the country. On the National Youth Week website there is a searchable calendar of events. And young people aged 12 to 25 have until April 30 to enter the National Talent Competition in categories of Snap It (photography), Shoot It (short film), Write It (writing), Design It (flat image digital design) and Rock It (song or instrumental piece). Each competition has a unique theme and there are great prizes on offer. Young people can also Win Free Stuff on the Youth Week website.

Received and published by Henry Sapiecha 7th April 2010

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FRASER COAST YOUNG PROFESSIONALS BREAKFAST

April 6th, 2010


Next FCYP event in Maryborough

When:              Thursday 15 April 2010
Where:             Lattitude 25
Time:               6:30am arrival for 6:50am start to 8:00am
Cost:                $15.00 per person (Includes great Guest Speaker, Full Buffet breakfast, hot and cold beverages and an unforgettable morning)
Theme:            Hard Yakka

RSVP HERE

While DIRECT DEBIT payments are preferred, payments can still be made at the door.
DIRECT DEBIT payments to ANZ  bsb 014 655  A/c no 3873 20497….please advise by email

Received and published by Henry Sapiecha 7th April 2010

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