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Thrifty secures government rental car contract

17 April 2014

Thrifty secures government rental car
contract

Thrifty Car Rental has won a key government
contract to provide vehicle rentals to all New Zealand
government agencies.

The tender was granted by the
Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) and
is the first “All-of-Government” agreement for car
rental services.

Thrifty’s General Manager Emma Gardiner
says the deal is a win- win for both parties. “Thrifty
have the scale, level of service and range of vehicles that
the various government departments and agencies require. We
have successfully delivered a quality car rental service to
a number of government departments for many years and it is
a great privilege to have an official appointed status as a
preferred car rental provider.”

Thrifty predicts the
contract will have multiple flow-on effects for the
business. Ms Gardiner anticipates the deal will drive
growth, increase staffing and expand the fleet offering. It
will also have the additional benefit of smoothing out the
seasonal highs and lows experienced by those in the travel
business with the government work supplementing domestic
leisure and international business.

Thrifty’s commitment
to safe and fuel efficient vehicles is in line with the
government’s commitment to sustainability. The contract
will also ensure that all government agencies have the most
cost-effective car rental service.

The initial term of the
contract is three years.

Thrifty Car Rental is 100% owned
by NRMA Motoring Services.

Ministry of Business,
Innovation Employment

Since 2010, the Ministry of
Business, Innovation and Employment has established a number
of All-of-Government (AoG) contracts, ranging from
electricity to computers and advertising to air
travel.

Collaborative contracts, including AoG and Common
Capability contracts, establish a single supply agreement
between government and approved suppliers for goods and
services.
Benefits include:
• cost-savings to
agencies, the government and New
Zealanders
• productivity gains for agencies and
suppliers
• improved competition.

For more
information, visit www.procurement.govt.nz

ENDS

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Thrifty secures government rental car contract

17 April 2014

Thrifty secures government rental car
contract

Thrifty Car Rental has won a key government
contract to provide vehicle rentals to all New Zealand
government agencies.

The tender was granted by the
Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) and
is the first “All-of-Government” agreement for car
rental services.

Thrifty’s General Manager Emma Gardiner
says the deal is a win- win for both parties. “Thrifty
have the scale, level of service and range of vehicles that
the various government departments and agencies require. We
have successfully delivered a quality car rental service to
a number of government departments for many years and it is
a great privilege to have an official appointed status as a
preferred car rental provider.”

Thrifty predicts the
contract will have multiple flow-on effects for the
business. Ms Gardiner anticipates the deal will drive
growth, increase staffing and expand the fleet offering. It
will also have the additional benefit of smoothing out the
seasonal highs and lows experienced by those in the travel
business with the government work supplementing domestic
leisure and international business.

Thrifty’s commitment
to safe and fuel efficient vehicles is in line with the
government’s commitment to sustainability. The contract
will also ensure that all government agencies have the most
cost-effective car rental service.

The initial term of the
contract is three years.

Thrifty Car Rental is 100% owned
by NRMA Motoring Services.

Ministry of Business,
Innovation Employment

Since 2010, the Ministry of
Business, Innovation and Employment has established a number
of All-of-Government (AoG) contracts, ranging from
electricity to computers and advertising to air
travel.

Collaborative contracts, including AoG and Common
Capability contracts, establish a single supply agreement
between government and approved suppliers for goods and
services.
Benefits include:
• cost-savings to
agencies, the government and New
Zealanders
• productivity gains for agencies and
suppliers
• improved competition.

For more
information, visit www.procurement.govt.nz

ENDS

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Thrifty secures government rental car contract

17 April 2014

Thrifty secures government rental car
contract

Thrifty Car Rental has won a key government
contract to provide vehicle rentals to all New Zealand
government agencies.

The tender was granted by the
Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) and
is the first “All-of-Government” agreement for car
rental services.

Thrifty’s General Manager Emma Gardiner
says the deal is a win- win for both parties. “Thrifty
have the scale, level of service and range of vehicles that
the various government departments and agencies require. We
have successfully delivered a quality car rental service to
a number of government departments for many years and it is
a great privilege to have an official appointed status as a
preferred car rental provider.”

Thrifty predicts the
contract will have multiple flow-on effects for the
business. Ms Gardiner anticipates the deal will drive
growth, increase staffing and expand the fleet offering. It
will also have the additional benefit of smoothing out the
seasonal highs and lows experienced by those in the travel
business with the government work supplementing domestic
leisure and international business.

Thrifty’s commitment
to safe and fuel efficient vehicles is in line with the
government’s commitment to sustainability. The contract
will also ensure that all government agencies have the most
cost-effective car rental service.

The initial term of the
contract is three years.

Thrifty Car Rental is 100% owned
by NRMA Motoring Services.

Ministry of Business,
Innovation Employment

Since 2010, the Ministry of
Business, Innovation and Employment has established a number
of All-of-Government (AoG) contracts, ranging from
electricity to computers and advertising to air
travel.

Collaborative contracts, including AoG and Common
Capability contracts, establish a single supply agreement
between government and approved suppliers for goods and
services.
Benefits include:
• cost-savings to
agencies, the government and New
Zealanders
• productivity gains for agencies and
suppliers
• improved competition.

For more
information, visit www.procurement.govt.nz

ENDS

© Scoop Media


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Thrifty secures government rental car contract

17 April 2014

Thrifty secures government rental car
contract

Thrifty Car Rental has won a key government
contract to provide vehicle rentals to all New Zealand
government agencies.

The tender was granted by the
Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) and
is the first “All-of-Government” agreement for car
rental services.

Thrifty’s General Manager Emma Gardiner
says the deal is a win- win for both parties. “Thrifty
have the scale, level of service and range of vehicles that
the various government departments and agencies require. We
have successfully delivered a quality car rental service to
a number of government departments for many years and it is
a great privilege to have an official appointed status as a
preferred car rental provider.”

Thrifty predicts the
contract will have multiple flow-on effects for the
business. Ms Gardiner anticipates the deal will drive
growth, increase staffing and expand the fleet offering. It
will also have the additional benefit of smoothing out the
seasonal highs and lows experienced by those in the travel
business with the government work supplementing domestic
leisure and international business.

Thrifty’s commitment
to safe and fuel efficient vehicles is in line with the
government’s commitment to sustainability. The contract
will also ensure that all government agencies have the most
cost-effective car rental service.

The initial term of the
contract is three years.

Thrifty Car Rental is 100% owned
by NRMA Motoring Services.

Ministry of Business,
Innovation Employment

Since 2010, the Ministry of
Business, Innovation and Employment has established a number
of All-of-Government (AoG) contracts, ranging from
electricity to computers and advertising to air
travel.

Collaborative contracts, including AoG and Common
Capability contracts, establish a single supply agreement
between government and approved suppliers for goods and
services.
Benefits include:
• cost-savings to
agencies, the government and New
Zealanders
• productivity gains for agencies and
suppliers
• improved competition.

For more
information, visit www.procurement.govt.nz

ENDS

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Thrifty secures government rental car contract

17 April 2014

Thrifty secures government rental car
contract

Thrifty Car Rental has won a key government
contract to provide vehicle rentals to all New Zealand
government agencies.

The tender was granted by the
Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) and
is the first “All-of-Government” agreement for car
rental services.

Thrifty’s General Manager Emma Gardiner
says the deal is a win- win for both parties. “Thrifty
have the scale, level of service and range of vehicles that
the various government departments and agencies require. We
have successfully delivered a quality car rental service to
a number of government departments for many years and it is
a great privilege to have an official appointed status as a
preferred car rental provider.”

Thrifty predicts the
contract will have multiple flow-on effects for the
business. Ms Gardiner anticipates the deal will drive
growth, increase staffing and expand the fleet offering. It
will also have the additional benefit of smoothing out the
seasonal highs and lows experienced by those in the travel
business with the government work supplementing domestic
leisure and international business.

Thrifty’s commitment
to safe and fuel efficient vehicles is in line with the
government’s commitment to sustainability. The contract
will also ensure that all government agencies have the most
cost-effective car rental service.

The initial term of the
contract is three years.

Thrifty Car Rental is 100% owned
by NRMA Motoring Services.

Ministry of Business,
Innovation Employment

Since 2010, the Ministry of
Business, Innovation and Employment has established a number
of All-of-Government (AoG) contracts, ranging from
electricity to computers and advertising to air
travel.

Collaborative contracts, including AoG and Common
Capability contracts, establish a single supply agreement
between government and approved suppliers for goods and
services.
Benefits include:
• cost-savings to
agencies, the government and New
Zealanders
• productivity gains for agencies and
suppliers
• improved competition.

For more
information, visit www.procurement.govt.nz

ENDS

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Tech employment and consulting at historic highs, government says

Data out of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows IT unemployment has dipped down to 2.7 percent, well below the current average of 6.7 percent for all jobs. At the same time, IT consulting opportunities have been booming, breaking new records.

Conference crowd-Gaylord National Convention Center September 2013-photo by Joe McKendrick
Photo: Joe McKendrick

The BLS stats were surfaced by Dice, the online IT employment site, which finds that the technology unemployment rate fell to a recovery low during the first quarter of 2014 —2.7 percent. That compares to 3.5 percent in last year’s first quarter for technology professionals, “but is still above the record low of 1.8 percent that occurred in the second quarter of 2007,” Dice reports.

An unemployment rate below 4 percent is considered by many economists to be “full employment,” a point at which the pool of available workers has dried up for employers. That’s when intense competition for skills really heats up.

One route to quickly acquiring needed IT skills, of course, is through consulting, systems integration or outsourcing services. These services also appear to be encountering more demand than they can handle. Tech consulting has been setting multiple records in this recovery in terms of workforce size, weekly hours and hourly earnings, Dice observes. “As per the BLS, in the first quarter, tech consulting added 17,200 new positions, bringing the workforce to more than 1.7 million.”

“Computer systems design” jobs were the big growth area, while data center operations and computer manufacturing lost jobs.

The demand for IT skills has grown increasingly acute as organizations have sought greater big data analytics capabilities, along with the movement toward digital enterprises — meaning more external, internal and hybrid cloud projects, mobility initiatives and business process restructuring. Employers are no longer competing against the company next door, or even companies in their own industries for talent. They’re also competing with a robust and energetic startup scene, as well as enterprises from everywhere across the globe.

Here are some tips for attracting tech skills in today’s competitive environment:

Support training and development: Talent may be right under employers’ noses. For example, the next generation of data analysts and scientists may not only come out of university programs, but also from the ranks of existing IT and data management staffs.

Pursue new types of outsourcing strategies: Acquiring IT services no longer requires gigantic or even long-term contracts — through APIs and cloud services, needed functions and resources may be immediately available online.

Make your organization a great place to work: Many companies stay in business in spite of themselves, with rigid, calcified management that quashes innovation every chance it gets. You don’t have to have a campus full of pinball machines or nap pods, but a culture that encourages innovation and new approaches will help keep and attract valuable talent.


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Successful youth unemployment service facing axe as government stays silent on funding

The federal government is set to axe a $50 million a year service which has steered thousands of at risk young people into jobs and work experience, including with top companies NAB, Qantas and Woolworths.

  • Tony Abbott with Victorian Senator Scott Ryan, parliamentary secretary for education. The federal government may axe funding for a youth unemployment initiative that has helped thousands of at-risk young people. Photo: Lannon Harley

The federal government is set to axe a $50 million a year service that has steered thousands of at -risk young people into jobs and work experience, including with top companies NAB, Qantas and Woolworths.

Six hundred businesses, schools and charities have written to Prime Minister Tony Abbott calling for the employment brokering network Partnership Brokers not to be scrapped.

The organisation fears its funding is to cease in favour of the Coalition’s election pledge promising cash handouts to unemployed people under 30 who find and keep a job for more than 12 months.

The network’s executive officer Craig Dadds said the organisation had been told “categorically” that May’s federal budget would result in the program’s funding ceasing at the end of the year.

He lashed out at the government, which he said had promised to act on Australia’s high rate of youth unemployment but failed to propose an alternative plan for connecting vulnerable young people with employers and training.

“The result is there will be nothing effective in this space,” Mr Dadds said.

Axing of the scheme, designed under the Howard government and implemented by the previous Labor government, will result in 450 workers losing their jobs and 87 NGOs that administer the service in communities around Australia either close or severely cut their services.

Following a COAG deal, Partnership Brokers was launched in 2010 to broker agreements between employers, charities and schools to direct young people at risk of long term unemployment into work, education, training and work experience.

The network works with 22 of the top 50 ASX companies and has nearly 1200 schools on its books.

The service reports that it has assisted 350,000 young people in the past year, among them teens from some of Australia’s most disadvantaged regional and indigenous communities.

A spokesman for Senator Scott Ryan, the parliamentary secretary for education, said the previous Labor government had not funded the service beyond 2014 and any further cash injections were still the subject of budget talks.

But Partnership Brokers chair Carmen Auer said the silence from the government was “deafening” after 600 organisations, local councils, business chambers and companies such as Yamaha Motor Australia signed a letter to Mr Abbott calling for the service to be kept.

“At this stage in this whole space in school-to-work transitions there hasn’t been a commitment,” she said.

It comes at a time when youth unemployment figures in some Australian cities such as Cairns have reached crisis levels above 20 per cent.

Mr Dadds said the service had been able to bridge a “chasm” between businesses and schools “but there is still so much work to be done.”

“The irony is that the Liberal Government promised to empower local communities and cut red tape,” Mr Dadds said.

“Our program does these two things very well.”

During last year’s election campaign, the Coalition named youth unemployment as a priority and pledged thousands of dollars in handouts for people under 30 who moved off welfare and into work.

Senator Ryan’s spokesman said the 2015 round of Jobs Services Australia, the government’s service for job seekers and employers, “will effectively address the needs of young Australians seeking employment.”

He said young people were best supported “by a quality education” and the government was focused on providing this through “a robust national curriculum, improved quality of teaching” and a greater say for teachers and principals about how schools are run.


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Philippe Couillard’s Liberals win majority government in Quebec

Philippe Couillard’s Liberals have won a majority government in the province of Quebec.

Liberal candidates were victorious in 70 ridings, compared to the Parti Quebecois in 30, the Coalition Avenir Quebec in 22 and the Quebec Solidaire in three.

During his victory speech, Couillard struck a hopeful tone.

“Tonight Quebec has won. All of Quebec has won by giving itself a stable government,” he said.

“Quebec now has a priority of economy and employment. Quebec has chosen union and openness.

“My wish is that we find ourselves again. From everywhere in Quebec…we are all Quebecers.”

While Couillard, CAQ leader Fracois Legault and Quebec Solidaire leader Françoise David each won their respective seats, Marois lost hers in Charlevoix-Cote-de-Beaupre to Liberal Caroline Simard.

During her concession speech, Marois announced her resignation as PQ leader.

“Quebecers have spoken and we must respect this result,” she said.

“This evening, you’ll understand that under the circumstances I will be leaving my post.”


More on the Quebec provincial election:


It wasn’t supposed to be this way.

One month ago, Marois met with her province’s Lieutenant-Governor to dissolve the National Assembly in an effort to turn her minority government into a majority.

But after a campaign full of missteps and unfocused messaging, which included a lot of talk about a referendum that many Quebecers weren’t interested in, PQ support plummeted in the opinion polls and now they’re on the outside looking in.

Reaction to the results from across the country began pouring in late Monday evening.

“Today, Quebecers voted for a better economy, instead of a third referendum, by electing Philippe Couillard as their new Premier and giving the Quebec Liberal Party a strong mandate to address the real issues in the province,” federal Liberal leader Justin Trudeau said in a statement.

“As I have said since last summer, I had the utmost confidence that Quebec voters would reject the negative, divisive politics of Mme. Marois’ proposed plan. I am proud that my fellow Quebecers have chosen unity and acceptance as we move forward together.”

Federal NDP leader Thomas Mulcair congratulated his former cabinet colleague.

“The NDP has taken note of the people’s desire to end the old quarrels, and the new Premier can count on us to promote Quebec’s interests in Ottawa, as part of our effort to build a more just and prosperous Canada for all,” he said in a statement.

“Having sat alongside Mr. Couillard in cabinet, I can attest to his competence and his commitment to Quebec and its institutions.”

And Prime Minister Harper said that the results “clearly demonstrate that Quebecers have rejected the idea of a referendum and want a government that will be focused on the economy and job creation.

“On behalf of our Government, I would like to convey my sincerest congratulations to Philippe Couillard on his election victory,” Harper said in a statement.

“We look forward to working with the new Government of Quebec on those priorities.”

So, who is this Philippe Couillard that Canada’s leaders are so excited to work with?

Path to political office:

Born in 1957 in Montreal, Couillard studies at the Université de Montréal where he earned a medical degree and certification in neurosurgery.

In the 1980′s and 1990′s he served as a department head at two Quebec hospitals and had stint at a facility in Saudi Arabia.

He left the medical profession in 2003 to run for a seat in the National Assembly, in the Liberal stronghold of Mount Royal. He won handily, earning himself a spot in Jean Charest’s cabinet as the Minister of Health.

Couillard left politics in 2008, but returned in 2012 to run for the Liberal leadership vacated by Charest.

On March 17, 2013, Couillard, the father of five, became the party’s 19th leader winning the race on the first ballot.

What to expect:

Couillard campaigned with a fiscal conservative voice promising to cut spending by $1.3 billion over two years and splitting any short-term surplus monies between tax cuts and paying off the province’s massive debt.

People cheer at the Quebec Liberal leader Philippe Couillard’s provincial election rally headquarters.The party platform did, however, include new investments in the north, more money for health care and education, and more taxing powers for cities to raise money to tackle their infrastructure woes.

With regard to the ever-lasting issue of Quebec identity, Couillard says that he intends to develop guidelines on religious accommodation, but doesn’t want to go as far as the PQ Values Charter which would have banned all public employees from wearing religious symbols in public institutions.

Finally, if Quebecers are tired of constitution talk, they might not get a respite with Couillard as premier.

As explained by the Canadian Press, Couillard “has emerged as one of the most openly federalist Quebec politicians in generations, touting former prime minister Sir Wilfrid Laurier as an inspiration for his own party and extolling Canada as a financial powerhouse that benefits its citizens.”

To that end, he wants Quebec included in the Canadian constitution — musing that he’d like Quebec to sign by 2017, which marks 150 years since Canada’s Confederation.

Challenges ahead:

The province of Quebec — and now Couillard as leader — faces a laundry list of challenges, not the least of which include a massive deficit problem, growing infrastructure woes, and more student unrest due to rising tuition rates.

Couillard will also have to stick-handle his party though the landmines strewn from the Charbonneau commission — the public commission set-up to investigate corruption in Quebec’s construction industry.

Because of a campaign blackout the commission has been focused on municipalities but, starting tomorrow, will shift its review to provincial party finances.

According to the Toronto Star‘s Chantal Hebert, both the Liberals and PQ “reportedly have cause to brace for bad news.”

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Temporary Foreign Worker Program sanctions target 3 employers

The federal government has revoked or suspended three employers’ permits to hire workers through the Temporary Foreign Workers Program.

CBC’s Go Public reported Sunday on the suspension of all pending foreign worker permits for three McDonald’s locations in Victoria that are owned by franchisee Glen Bishop, pending the outcome of an investigation. Bishop would not address the complaints, but told CBC News he had “nothing to hide.”

The names of Bishop’s company and two other businesses were posted Sunday on Employment and Social Development Canada’s website as having “broken the rules or been suspended from the Temporary Foreign Worker program.”

In a written statement issued Sunday evening, Employment Minister Jason Kenney said the government “will not tolerate any abuse of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. Any employer found to have broken the rules will face serious consequences.

“Our message to employers is clear and unequivocal: Canadians must always be first in line for available jobs.”

The government has also temporarily suspended permits for 59077 Newfoundland and Labrador Limited, owner of Jungle Jim’s Restaurant, Greco Pizza and Captain Sub in Labrador City, N.L., while The Boathouse Restaurant in Fenelon Falls, Ont., had its permits permanently revoked.

The notice said the Labrador permits were suspended because the government had “reasonable grounds” to suspect that the employers provided “false, misleading or inaccurate information.”

CBC News reported in January that the Canada Border Services Agency was looking into allegations that more than two dozen foreign workers were housed in one Labrador City split-level residence, in violation of their employer’s agreement with the federal government.

Four former employees of Jungle Jim’s restaurant and Greco Pizza told CBC News that 26 foreign workers shared the home for months. The owners of the restaurants denied the claims.

ESDC said the business in Fenelon Falls saw its access to the program revoked because it found it “provided false, misleading or inaccurate information.”

The federal government brought in legislation last month in its budget implementation bill that would allow it to impose heavy penalties on businesses that abuse the TFW Program.

It also implemented a series of new rules on Dec. 31. Those measures include:

A two-year ban for employers who are found to break the rules, with their name and address placed on a public “blacklist.”

The ability to review employer compliance for up to six years from the first day of employment of a temporary foreign worker.

On-site workplace visits at any time without a warrant, except in the case of private dwellings.

The power to revoke or suspend work permits already issued in some cases. This applies to all those issued after the end of 2013.


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