I have been unemployed since June 2011. Age in my 40's a gamer by heart since the 286 days have two sons 19 and 27 and when I do work im a hard honest worker. I do not rip winz off I never lie to Winz and do whatever they expect me to do. So to my amazement when I rang them today if I could miss this Fridays seminar I was told no!
I rang up Work and Income to ask if I could miss this Friday Seminar as yesterday the plumber called round cause of a leak in the water cylinder he took one look at it and said it needs a replacement the whole cylinder and asked will I be here on Friday I said yes, then I remembered today that I had an Unemployment seminar to go to at Winz office here in Paeroa on Friday so rang up to ask if I could miss it this week and attend it the next. (its every Friday). The manager told me no and to make arrangements to have someone be there for the plumber. Who? Family live out of town and my two neighbors work. I don't wish to leave the house unlock or no one be there when he calls round besides I presume I would have to help him take out the old one and help him install the new one.
The Winz Manager response: You should ask him if he wants to employ you???
Well since I wont be able to be there and help him maybe even convince him I am capable of doing this work we will never know will we! As I have to go to your seminar. LOL. But lets be realistic here the plumber has been round our town for 20 odd years and works alone if he wanted someone he would ask or put an add in the paper. The Winz Manager has no idea what she is saying. Durr
So here's the situation I took her advice and ask my youngest son who still living with me to ring his boss up tell her the reasons and ask if he could go on the night shift tomorrow instead of the day cause Winz wont allow his father to have one day of from the seminar. I wont add here what his boss response was on Winz but she was happy to help us.
This is bureaucracy gone mad.
Just one seminar what could I miss we are told the same thing OVER and OVER each Friday so I ain't going to miss much!
I went to 2 interviews last week I job search every day online. I do my part.
And to add to it all I am not lying about the plumber my landlord works for Winz office here all the manager had to do was to ask her if I was telling the truth. As the feeling I get is we are all branded liars.
So my son had to get his work hrs changed all over a bloody seminar.
End of my rant.