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Koroilavesau will tour North next week

Employers and employees in the Northern Division have a chance to talk about issues and seek clarifications with the Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations, Semi Koroilavesau, next week. Mr
05 Aug 2016 10:52
Koroilavesau will tour North next week
Minister for FisheriSemi Koroilavesau.

Employers and employees in the Northern Division have a chance to talk about issues and seek clarifications with the Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations, Semi Koroilavesau, next week.

Mr Koroilavesau will lead a team to the Northern Division and hold week-long talks in Labasa from Monday. He will move on to isolated rural and maritime communities in Vanua Levu later.

“We’ll first do public consultations in Labasa and will move later to the remote areas in Udu Point, Natewa Bay and the interior of Vanua Levu and then we’ll move to Savusavu and outreach to its remote areas and will later move to Cakaudrove,” Mr Koroilavesau said.

“On Friday we will move to Taveuni for two days and return to Suva on the following Monday.”

The team will include staff members from the ministry and National Employment Centre.

“This is an awareness programme basically where we visit employers and employees and give them a brief on the ERP (Employment Regulations Promulgation) and to answer clarifications,” he said.

They will also conduct an outreach on the seasonal workers programme for Australia and New Zealand.

“This is a new pilot that the ministry is doing to try and expand the seasonal work programme to rural isolated areas as part of the socio economic development goals for our rural communities,” he said.

The devastation of Tropical Cyclone Winston reinforced the ministry’s recruitment focus for seasonal workers to the remote and maritime communities.

Meanwhile, the ministry has yet to receive a report on investigations concerning allegations raised by a group of Fijian farm workers in Australia who claimed they were abused and underpaid by their employer last year.

“When we met in Melbourne, they were carrying out investigations and they were to report back on the results but they haven’t given us any report as of yet,” he said.

Mr Koroilavesau said Australia’s Fair Work Ombudsman was conducting investigations on the two Australian companies that employed the Fijians who were allegedly mistreated.

He said they were working with their Australian counterparts to determine the validity of their claims and determine if any regulations under the Australian employment system were contravened.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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