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Assure a good job for every citizen
06 Nov 2017 (30 views)

I consider it the duty of the government to ensure that all the citizens have a job and can earn enough to raise a family and cope with the cost of living. This assumes that the citizen is willing to work hard and be productive. 

How can a government provide this guarantee to its citizens? It requires sensible planning. It can be achieved.

The domestic sector can create many jobs. It could be in the public service, such as police, armed forces, teaching, health care, public transport and other services. It could be in the private sector to run small businesses and provide personal and care services. 

The domestic sector can create jobs that take care of two thirds of the work force. The demand for workers can also be increased by reducing the working hours per week and vice versa. One important job of the government is to set the length of the work week so that there is sufficient jobs to distribute to all who are interested and able to work. 

It is better to have everybody working at an average pace, rather than have some people working extremely long hours while others are unemployed. 

Another important function is to ensure that the people have the right skills for the jobs that are needed in the economy.

The economy requires workers in various sectors, including many with technical skills or with the skills in providing health and personal care. 

It is wasteful to produce more graduates than are needed in the economy, and to leave technical and service jobs unfilled. 

To encourage people to train and take up technical and service jobs, the government must ensure that the wages of workers in these jobs are adequate and the gap between the technical jobs and office jobs are at an acceptable range. They cannot be too wide.

It does take a few years for a worker to acquire the technical and service skills required for certain kinds of jobs and to train them well to justify a higher wage. This can be achieved through an apprenticeship system, such as the system adopted in Germany and some other countries. 

We also need to ensure that our export industries are competitive. This can be achieved by having a skilled and productive workforce and an environment were the cost of doing business is at a competitive level. We cannot afford to have high rentals, as they will make our industries uncompetitive. We also cannot afford to pay workers high wages that make them uncompetitive in the global market.

If workers have to earn wages that are globally competitive, it is still the duty of the government to ensure that the cost of living is kept at a level that is affordable to workers. It is important to keep the cost of living at an affordable level and not let it go too high. 

We cannot be proud of the fact that we are the most expensive city in the world. It is not a sign of success. It is a sign of failure to manage the various sectors of the economy.

If the economy is well managed, it is possible for a government to give the assurance to its citizens that they can expect a good job that pays an adequate wage to raise a family and cope with the cost of living. But it requires a competent government. This is the challenge.
 










 


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I consider it the duty of the government to ensure that all the citizens have a job and can earn enough to raise a family and cope with the cost of living. This assumes that the citizen is willing to work hard and be productive. 

How can a government provide this guarantee to its citizens? It requires sensible planning. It can be achieved.

The domestic sector can create many jobs. It could be in the public service, such as police, armed forces, teaching, health care, public transport and other services. It could be in the private sector to run small businesses and provide personal and care services. 

The domestic sector can create jobs that take care of two thirds of the work force. The demand for workers can also be increased by reducing the working hours per week and vice versa. One important job of the government is to set the length of the work week so that there is sufficient jobs to distribute to all who are interested and able to work. 

It is better to have everybody working at an average pace, rather than have some people working extremely long hours while others are unemployed. 

Another important function is to ensure that the people have the right skills for the jobs that are needed in the economy.

The economy requires workers in various sectors, including many with technical skills or with the skills in providing health and personal care. 

It is wasteful to produce more graduates than are needed in the economy, and to leave technical and service jobs unfilled. 

To encourage people to train and take up technical and service jobs, the government must ensure that the wages of workers in these jobs are adequate and the gap between the technical jobs and office jobs are at an acceptable range. They cannot be too wide.

It does take a few years for a worker to acquire the technical and service skills required for certain kinds of jobs and to train them well to justify a higher wage. This can be achieved through an apprenticeship system, such as the system adopted in Germany and some other countries. 

We also need to ensure that our export industries are competitive. This can be achieved by having a skilled and productive workforce and an environment were the cost of doing business is at a competitive level. We cannot afford to have high rentals, as they will make our industries uncompetitive. We also cannot afford to pay workers high wages that make them uncompetitive in the global market.

If workers have to earn wages that are globally competitive, it is still the duty of the government to ensure that the cost of living is kept at a level that is affordable to workers. It is important to keep the cost of living at an affordable level and not let it go too high. 

We cannot be proud of the fact that we are the most expensive city in the world. It is not a sign of success. It is a sign of failure to manage the various sectors of the economy.

If the economy is well managed, it is possible for a government to give the assurance to its citizens that they can expect a good job that pays an adequate wage to raise a family and cope with the cost of living. But it requires a competent government. This is the challenge.