A man came to see me. He was laid off a few weeks ago. He’s a mechanical engineer. Highly skilled. He has five children.
His wife has cancer. Inoperable cancer.
He was chosen for redundancy. Involuntary. Along with others. He thinks probably because of his outspokenness.
He can’t pay his power bill this month.
There are no jobs. He needs to stay in Dunedin for his wife’s treatment. Meanwhile, she has been forced to work part time to keep food on the table.
This man was a valuable contributing member of our society. He paid taxes. His skills were worth something to our economy.
As a direct result of this government’s policies, he, and others like him, do not have jobs.
What are his options?
Yes I’m angry, because this is the reality that more people are facing each day.
And I heard today that the foodbanks in Dunedin are empty.
Dunedin is just one place where there is rampant poverty and need. But it’s where I live and these are the people I represent.