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 Don’t Be Duped By Job Offers Overseas That Exploit You

 Don’t Be Duped By Job Offers Overseas That Exploit You
 Beware trying to find a job in a neighbouring nation without taking the proper precautions and research.
May 25
12:53 2018

Fijians, who are looking for work in small neighbouring island nations in the region like Samoa, beware.

You could end up like Fijian domestic workers Salaseini Serukeitoga and Tui­polotu Talatoka.

They claimed they worked like slaves in Samoa.

The promise of “jobs in paradise” later turned to “hell in paradise”.

To avoid similar bad experience, here are some tips:

  • Do not go unless you have signed a contract.
  • The contract must detail your job description, pay and where you will work, your starting date and who you report to.
  • Before you sign on the dotted line get to know the country you are travel­ling to. You can access information through books or internet.
  • Learn about the people, the local cul­ture and language, food, recreation.
  • Get to know the industry you will work in to avoid surprises.
  • Try to talk to people you know have been to that country and get their in­dependent assessment.
  • Talk to the Ministry of Foreign Af­fairs and the diplomatic mission of the country you are going to, if it ex­ists here
  • Ask for things to watch out for
  • This should be part of the standard preparation manual.
  • When you are well prepared, it will save money and time and avoid pain and suffering later.

 

Their plight was raised by a relative in a letter to the Prime Minister, Voreqe Baini­marama.

“With grave concern, I am writing on be­half of my close relative of the two Fijian girls….,” he said.

“Ms Talatoka and Ms Serukeitoga, left Fiji in April and September last year, and have been in Samoa until today without any work permit. Both have left their work place and are staying with one Assemblies of God Church….”

“They are victims of being exploited and poorly paid and it is evident that they are more like slaves in that workplace.

“With the support of some Fijians and the church, they have reported the matter to the immigration, the Samoan Labour and still nothing eventuate so far.

“They are requesting the assistance of the Fiji Government to talk to the Samoa authorities to intervene into their case and help them come back to Fiji. Unfortu­nately, their former boss is holding on to one of the girl’s passport.

“Both girls are desperate to return to Fiji as soon as possible.

“They are also deeply affected by this traumatic experience in a place away from home and are in need of your assistance.”

Diplomatic communication began which culminated in the women returning home.

The women now learn that Fiji is way ahead of Samoa economically. They were unprepared and were caught by surprise when they arrived in Samoa.

Let that not happen to you if you are plan­ning to take up an overseas job.

Feedback: nemani.delaibatiki@fijisun.com.fj

 

 

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