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Hotel Workers Training In NZ As Part Of Scheme Discussed

Talks on sending our hotel workers over to New Zealand as part of the Recognised Seasonal Employers (RSE) scheme was part of discussions between the Minister for Labour, Productivity and
18 Feb 2016 12:32
Hotel Workers Training In NZ  As Part Of Scheme Discussed
New Zealand Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully (left) while meeting Labour Minister Semi Koroilavesau in Suva yesterday. Photo: RONALD KUMAR.

Talks on sending our hotel workers over to New Zealand as part of the Recognised Seasonal Employers (RSE) scheme was part of discussions between the Minister for Labour, Productivity and Industrial Relations Semi Koroilavesau and New Zealand Foreign Minister, Murray McCully yesterday.

Mr Koroilavesau said the discussion was successful.

He said the ministry had requested for an expansion on the scheme.

“I have asked both New Zealand and Australia to look at the opportunity of employing our hotel workers during our off-season,” Mr Koroilavesau said.

The tourism off-season in Fiji, he said, was from October to March every year.

This is the very time most casual and part-time hotel workers lose their jobs because of the low number of tourists coming in.

“I have asked them if there is a possibility to absorb our part-time and casual workers during our off-season which is a peak season in New Zealand and Australia.”

Mr Koroilavesau said both countries have showed their willingness to enter into discussions.

“These are normally holiday workers. While they spend six months in Australia or New Zealand, they will be working also in the hotel industry as a source of income for them,” he said.

 

Edited by Maikeli Seru

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