Saturday, January 31, 2009

WINZ wastes money to save money

WINZ staff are not allowed to drive along the new tolled motorway in Auckland because it will have to pay $2 for each trip. Apparently the toll road saves about 10-15 minutes. A person on an average salary of $60,000 gets $7.50 every 15 minutes and will pay about $3.50 in tolls and petrol to travel the route.

Obviously, to travel the long route, which is about 4 kilometres longer, will take about 10-15 minutes longer and WINZ will continue spending between $5.00 and $7.50 in lost productivity and whatever it cost in extra petrol - at least $2.00 - travelling at less than 20 kilometers per hour in queues.

I used to work at WINZ. One of my workmates had a company car which she only used to travel to and from work. She lived down the road from me. But her boss wouldn't even let her take me to and from work he refused to let her take passengers for this purpose. That cost me an hours pay every day. Yet this woman's partner also worked for the same company, he had a company car and she passed his place of work on the way to hers.

It sounds like the WINZ decision making processes have not changed much.




Blogger Steve Withers said...

WINZ are the way they are now because of what happened when Christine Rankin tried to build a more coherent orgnisation. The ignorant fools who know sweet FA about most things were ready to be manipulated by cynical arseholes for political advantage.

So now we see people saving $2 and wasting time instead. That's what the howlers have brought us to....and of course nothing is EVER their fault.

I used to work in Corrections and know first hand that the public concept of prisons is fundanentally full of warm, steamy shite.....renewed, refreshed and added to by the "law'n order" bullshit we get from the faith-ridden arrogant-ignorant parties on the Right.

January 31, 2009 at 10:48 PM  
Blogger Lucy said...

Truth seeker I undertook contracts for both of those organisations and I can tel you the onlyone who is talking bullshit is you.

The changes in WINZ were mainly down to George Hickton (and I might add necessary) The problem is and aways is that although you can change some of the mindset within an organisation you cannot instill logic and common sense and that is what is missing.

Your comments on Corrections make no sense. Nobody I know feels "warm, steamy shite" towards prisons and what exacty about the right "law'n order" is bulshit

February 1, 2009 at 1:05 PM  

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