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Seasonal Success

Seasonal Success
Lafaele Lupo (left) Relationship Manager RSE SPP Pacific Labour and Skills Unit and Grayson Rowse, Marketing Manager Immigration NZ, during recognized seasonal employers (RSE) process workshop at GPH yesterday Photo: Ronald Kumar
December 11
08:46 2014

It is good to hear that the Recognised Seasonal Employers (RSE) scheme is targeting the hardworking rural dwellers.

These people have been working tirelessly to make a decent living and this programme will be a wonderful opportunity for them.

A latest report on poverty said there was a general decrease in poverty but it was increasing in some rural areas.

Such short-term work opportunities in New Zealand will surely make a difference to the lives of the people involved especially when it will provide them the much-needed cash they’re usually short of.

They can use this money to improve their lifestyle – in the form of building a new home, extending and even starting a new business from home and the local community.

Since it is a pilot programme and it will focus on rural- based people, we are thankful to hear that the Ministry of Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations will be directly involved in the recruitment of the first 30 workers.

The Ministry will make sure that this pilot scheme is successful through a transparent and good governance process.

To ensure fairness, it will conduct a ballot to pick the 30 pilot workers to be representative of the rural based workers.

The advice now is for all who want to be part of this scheme to register with the National Employment Centre.

No private employment agency will participate under this bilateral working scheme.

It is the intent of the Ministry to lift the standard of the National Employment Centre, thus it is mandatory that it be certified to ISO 90001:2008 Quaity Management System. This is to ensure that it has a robust and good governance system that produces quality workers that best fit the demands of the New Zealand farmers and hopefully the Australian farmers too, in the near future.

Be warned that the Ministry has received reports of recruitments for RSE by bogus agencies and the matter is now with the Police.

Let us make this pilot scheme a success by following all the correct procedures outlined.

In fact, the success of this will depend on the productivity and behaviour of first 30 workers. They will serve as a marketing tool for recruitment of future seasonal workers from Fiji.

They should be hardworking and at all times be law-abiding Fijian citizens.




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