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Fiji Liaison Officer To Be Recruited For New Zealand Work Scheme

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed on Thursday between the Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations, Semi Koroilavesau, and the Fiji High Commissioner to New Zealand, Filimone Waqabaca. The
07 May 2016 10:07
Fiji Liaison Officer To Be Recruited For New Zealand Work Scheme
Minister for EmploymentHon. Semi Koroilavesau and the Fiji High Commissioner to NZ His Excellency Mr. Filimone Waqabaca signs MOU on the recruitment RSE Work Scheme

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed on Thursday between the Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations, Semi Koroilavesau, and the Fiji High Commissioner to New Zealand, Filimone Waqabaca.

The MOU signed was on the recruitment of a Fiji liaison officer under the Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) work scheme.

Mr Koroilavesau said the purpose of the recruitment of a liaison officer (LO) is to encourage and manage relationship building amongst all RSE stakeholders and most importantly between potential RSE employers and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) in New Zealand.

“Eventually, the LO is to establish productive inter-stakeholder’s relationships with Fiji and secure more employment opportunities for Fijian workers in New Zealand under the scheme,” Mr Koroilavesau said.

“In order for Fiji to market its workforce to recognised seasonal employers as a source of reliable seasonal labour, the position is also required to offer incessant mentoring programmes to existing and potential Fijian workers in the programme and this will contribute towards instilling values of commitment, perseverance, diligence, teamwork, honesty and discipline.”

He further added that Fijian workers will be well-grounded, and have an excellent professional code of conduct, which will be visible to employers and these employers will not only recognise this quality, but will demand for more Fijian workers to be employed on their farms, which will be to Fiji’s benefit.

He highlighted that a key benefit of a LO is to provide assistance when things go wrong and facilitate early resolution of issues.  The position will be the ministry’s eyes and ears on the ground and will be responsible for providing relevant updated counsel to Fiji’s Ministry of Employment periodically.

The recruitment of a LO was included in discussions during the ministerial visit to New Zealand from April 2 to 8.

To date, Fiji has sent 81 RSE workers to New Zealand which is a 46 per cent increase from last year.

 

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