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Fijian Seasonal Workers Appreciate Govt’s Visit

Fijian workers deployed under the Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) Work Scheme in New Zealand have commended the visitation by the Fijian Government delegating this week. The ministerial team headed by
24 Feb 2017 11:00
Fijian Seasonal Workers  Appreciate Govt’s Visit
Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations Jone Usamate pictured together with Fijian Seasonal Workers from Taylor Corp. Photo: DEPTFO News

Fijian workers deployed under the Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) Work Scheme in New Zealand have commended the visitation by the Fijian Government delegating this week.

The ministerial team headed by the Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations Jone Usamate on Wednesday continued with their visitation with the Hawks Bay Region where the bulk of Fijian seasonal workers are based.

During this visitation, Minister Usamate met with Paul Viggers of Taylor Corp and was pleased to hear about the good work performance of the 16 Fijian workers from the Province of Kadavu who are engaged in orchard work which produces varieties of apples as well as pack-houses.

“The workers conveyed that they are happy with their work and also is very grateful to both the New Zealand and Fijian Government for the worthwhile arrangement which gave them the opportunity to work in New Zealand to assist and improve livelihoods back home,” Mr Usamate said.

The Minister also visited Bostock, an employer who has been in the industry for more than 30 years and specialises in producing organic and conventional apples, onions and kiwi fruits.

“Bostok first recruited from Fiji in 2015 employing 15 workers which was followed by the recruitment of another 15 workers in 2016 and recently deployed 42 last week for 2017.

“These new recruits are currently undergoing introductory sessions before they are given actual tasks,” Mr Usamate said.

“Bostok Development manager Vikki Garrett conveyed that the increase in the number of Fijian workers this year was due to their work performances which is very satisfying.

“The retuning 10 workers will be of great assistance as they will pass on the knowledge gained from the last season to the new workers.”

Other companies visited by the Minister for Employment and his delegation were Team Work, Mr Apple, Thornhill; Pick Hawkes Bay Incorporated and Turners and Growers who also recruited Fijian workers recently this year and also the end of last year.

 

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