I wonder if the issues with young workers have more to do with the general increase in the cost of living and the tendency to forego minimum wage employment for more time to engage in school and extracurricular activities? Honestly, if you have to work 40 hours just to earn $450 (after taxes, EI, CPP, etc.) which can barely buy you a pair of jeans, a tank of gas, and a night on the town, what's the point of working part time for so little pay if your family can help support you before you graduate?
From my observations I'm seeing a lot of young people living off an allowance, even university-aged kids are living off an allowance care of mom and dad -- I'm talking early-to-mid 20-somethings. Back when I was in university this was not nearly as common as it is now.
I mean we're a university town with a combined total of 25,000 full time students studying at UVic/Camosun and there are positions going unfilled? There's a great deal more to the employment situation than simply saying "kids are not dependable these days."