No time for any drugged job applicants
If you’re a ‘‘drug .... ed’’ you need not apply for a job at Tokoroa logging company G Hale Logging.
That’s made well and truly clear on the job vacancy sign for an operator capable tree feller, which hangs on the fence outside the company’s depot in Balmoral Drive.
Henry Hale, who came up with the idea to take the blunt approach to advertising the position, said with Tokoroa’s rampant drug usage the company was left with no choice.
‘‘We’d normally advertise in the paper and go through the normal processes, but Tokoroa has a bad drug problem and you end up wasting a lot of time,’’ he said.
‘‘There always has been a drug problem in Tokoroa but it’s got worse over the last three or five years with P and other hard drugs, so it’s become hard to find people who are not affected one way or another.’’
With that in mind, the familyrun business backed Hale’s idea. But in a town crying out for more jobs the reaction, or lack of, has astounded.
‘‘It has been up for nearly three weeks and I have only had one phone call from someone with no experience,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s a pretty high-skilled job operating machinery and tree felling, so if someone has those skills it would be bloody good.i’m not going to be paying peanuts either,’’ he said.
He put the lack of interest down to a mix of not enough people being trained to cater for industry needs, and skilled workers increasingly being turned away due to drugs.
‘‘The skill base in Tokoroa has become very thin so it’s hard to get good workers, and you usually have to wait until they finish up with someone else before you can find anyone,’’ he said.
‘‘I’ve also known some decent bush men who had gone sideways with P and other hard drugs, and it’s such a waste of their skills.’’
The Drug Detection Agency’s Waikato/coromandel branch general manager Graeme Smith confirmed there had been a rise in testing over recent years, but said companies had no choice.
‘‘Drug taking is an issue right across the country and it is no different for the forestry industry. They are not trying to be the fun police, the decision is not a moral one, they have a legal obligation under the Health and Safety Act to protect people,’’ he said.
A job vacancy sign outside G Hale Logging in Tokoroa.