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Our First 30 Workers To NZ Need To Get It Right.

The first 30 Fijians selected as part of a pilot project under the New Zealand Recognised Seasonal Workers Scheme have a huge responsibility on their shoulders. How they perform during
22 Jan 2015 08:18
Our First 30 Workers To NZ Need To Get It Right.
New Zealand Recognised Seasonal Workers Scheme

The first 30 Fijians selected as part of a pilot project under the New Zealand Recognised Seasonal Workers Scheme have a huge responsibility on their shoulders.

How they perform during their contracts over next seven months will determine the future of the programme.

Drunken behaviour, absenteeism, insurbordination and lack of productivity will spoil the chances for other Fijians.

It will give a bad name to Fijian workers, just like Fijians who cause trouble in public bars in the United Kingdom.

These UK Fijians who cause trouble in bars and harass patrons are a stench to the Fijian community at large.

Pub owners have every right to put signs in front of their businesses that forbid Fijians from entering their premises.

The Ministry of Labour does not want this kind of behaviour in New Zealand. It wants responsible citizens who will make the best use of the opportunity to make some money for their families. It wants them back in Fiji at the end of their contract, be it in 7 months time or longer.

Long hours

The agricultural community in New Zealand is well versed with the pros and cons of hiring Pacific Islanders to work as seasonal workers. The work requires long hours, physical labour and team work.  The first batch of Fijians shouldn’t even think about overstaying in New Zealand at the end of their contract. The New Zealand Immigration Department will have no hesitation deporting them back to Fiji.

It’s so crucial that this group of 30 gets it right the first time around. It will open up more opportunities for their fellow Fijians to travel to New Zealand for work. Much of the work being offered is fruit-picking in New Zealand farms. Back in the 1960s young Fijians entered into a similar scheme and the money earned went into building homes, halls and churches in the various communities.

We should count it a blessing that the New Zealand Government has allowed us to be part of this scheme, that also involves other Pacific Islands.

Workers return

Young, energetic school leavers and villagers will be the ones to benefit the most from this scheme. The thaw in relations between Fiji and New Zealand over the last year has produced tangible benefits for Fijians.  The Ministry of Labour as part of its risk management strategy, has organised that a portion of the earnings by Fijians under this scheme be sent back to Fiji for safekeeping. This is to ensure that the workers return.

We know that the first batch of workers will get it right and make their families, communities and nation proud. They have to. The weight of responsibility on their shoulders is too much to ignore.

josua tuwere

Feedback:  josuat@fijisun.com.fj

 

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