Yes most people are employed as ppt.
We currently live in the newcastle area. Jobs here are very hard to come by.
We've been here for 18 months and in that time all our jobs we have had have been on a casual basis only with no gaurantee of hours. And being that the mining industry is quiet everywhere else is becoming quiet and casuals are always first to go.
For example DH current job was advertised as full time hours at casual rate. This week he has only had 8 hours work. He refuses to claim newstart as hes never gotten the dole in his life. So this fortnight we rely on approx $1000 for the fortnight. This is his 2 weeks pay and ftb payments.
My previous work background has been both woolies and fitness industry. Ive been trying to gain employment in both continuously for the 18mnths we've been here with no luck. I was management in both fields and now cant even get an entry level position. And I assure you its not thru lack of trying. I have had sydney contacts trying to help me and at 1 particular place literally begged for a start.
Its all well and good to say move but we cant due to family law court orders now. DH has retrained in 2 different feilds still no work from either. I currently study part time at home but thanks to tony abbott am unlikely to gain employment due to his new chapliancy program. Ive wasted 15k on further study in my opinion
Im in a good financial position. Zero debt and savings (going down fast)
I live very frugal but comfortably. My expensive cars and household items/clothes etc were all obtained and paid for when we had a combined income of 150k.
Lives and situations change and im sorry but some of the opinions here and on other forums just show me the lack of compassion and sensibility of some people. At some point or another most people will utilise some form of charity/welfare/benefits.
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Sorry no I'm not attacking people working at woolies at all, (I was one!) just that I think it's silly to tell people to move for any job - they need to create jobs not just tell people to just move. Also moving for lower paying jobs is usually not worth it- Moving interstate is expensive, and with states such as Vic, WA, QLD and NSW becoming exceptionally expensive to live in (and getting worse) it wouldn't be feasible for a lot of people.
Yes working at woolies is of course better than the dole and nothing to be ashamed of at all, but you wouldn't move across the country for it.
Last edited by Pearlygirl; 22-05-2014 at 16:47.
Coles is slightly better in that they have to offer their casuals a minimum of 6 hours per week, so at least there is some guaranteed work.
At the end of the day, there is no one solution to everyone's employment woes. Some people will secure permanent positions that fit around family commitments but the reality is many won't.
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Sorry to interrupt, but has anyone heard of people receiving texts from their GPs saying they're waiving the $7 fee for bulk billed patients? I read this on another forum and thought that would be wonderful if you could find out which ones do,
for those who struggle to come up with the fee.
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