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Former cabinet minister criticises work ethic amongst Norwegians. Immigrants praised, benefit payments soar. Kristin Clemet, the former Minister for Labour and Government believes Norwegians are not committed enough to working. She blames the comfortable benefits system as being part of the problem, whilst at the same time paying tribute to immigrants’ willingness to work in jobs that others are too choosy to consider.Don’t take responsibility Clemet tells vg.no that she believes this is part of the problem. Many of the 600,000-800,000 people who are on partial or full benefit could actually have worked, had it not been for their poor work ethic.

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Former cabinet minister criticises work ethic amongst Norwegians

Published on Thursday, 27th August, 2009 at 15:06 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Immigrants praised, benefit payments soar.

Personal needs outweigh moral responsib.
Personal needs outweigh moral responsib.
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Kristin Clemet, the former Minister for Labour and Government believes Norwegians are not committed enough to working. She blames the comfortable benefits system as being part of the problem, whilst at the same time paying tribute to immigrants’ willingness to work in jobs that others are too choosy to consider.

Don’t take responsibility

Clemet tells vg.no that she believes this is part of the problem. Many of the 600,000-800,000 people who are on partial or full benefit could actually have worked, had it not been for their poor work ethic.

“It’s also a question of values and morals. There are many who have no choice amongst those without a working life, but there are also a lot of people who could actually have contributed to it,” she tells the paper.

The system’s fault

She thinks that the welfare system itself is also part of the problem, using pregnant women as an example.

“We are seeing that sick-leave has increased considerably. We therefore need to look at the system itself. If the scheme is too good, it gives (people) an incentive not to work.”

Figures from NAV (the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration) show that almost one out of two pregnant women is off work at some stage during their pregnancy.

Recruitment problem

But doing something about the welfare system will be difficult, politically, and many sectors have too few employees anyway.

“For example, the healthcare and welfare services have to employ an increasing number of immigrant workers, because Norwegian men won’t consider having those types of jobs at all, amongst other things.

Look to the immigrants

And she has nothing but praise for immigrant workers, particularly the east Europeans.

“My impression is that people from Poland, for example, have a completely different attitude. We had some that helped us redecorate, and they did a marvellous job. They kept at it all the time, (and) worked for ten hours a day.”



Published on Thursday, 27th August, 2009 at 15:06 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: kristin, clemet, nav, norwegian, work, ethic, morals, low, lazy, benefit, welfare, payments, immigrants.





  
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