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Tikina Recruitment For Seasonal Work

Government will now focus on recruitment of seasonal work from districts (tikinas) that reside in isolated rural settings and also those that have agricultural farming experiences. This was highlighted by
13 Aug 2016 10:43
Tikina Recruitment For Seasonal Work
Minister Semi Koroilavesau with members of the Tikina Naweni, Vanua Levu. Photo: DEPTFO News

Government will now focus on recruitment of seasonal work from districts (tikinas) that reside in isolated rural settings and also those that have agricultural farming experiences.

This was highlighted by the Minister for Employment Semi Koroilavesau during his meeting with members of the Savusavu community on Thursday.

The community supported this new focus as this ensures that potential workers would deliver what is required by the employer and also strengthen what has been agreed upon through the bilateral agreement between Fiji, New Zealand and Australia respectively.

Returning seasonal worker from Australia, Veronika Serea fully supported Government’s new focus since she had worked and experienced the challenges faced when dealing with agricultural farming under the seasonal worker programme.

“It is very crucial to recruit Fijian workers that already had well established farms in respective villages under the tikina,” Ms Serea said.

“Time management is also vital as this contributes to the financial gain of the business and also determines the amount of pay that a worker would receive at the end of the week.”

Ministry of Employment deputy secretary, Vilimone Baledrokadroka said that one of the key pre-requisites for seasonal work recruitment was the issuance of the confirmation letter from the Turaga-Ni-Koro confirming unemployed clients that already have well established farms.

Voreqe Tuibaravilala of Nasinu Village, Tikina Navatu said that tikina recruitment was the best approach and a respected one too as these pilot project workers are bound through the selection of the ‘vanua’.

The Employment Minister urged the Turaga-Ni-Koro, Village chiefs, church Talatala/representatives, Roko Tui and district offices to work together in the selection of potential workers from respective villages in their Tikina for the successful rollout of the seasonal work scheme and programme.

The Ministerial team also met with community members of Tikina Bagasau, Tikina Naweni and Tikina Savusavu yesterday.

Source: DEPTFO News

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