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Recruitments Should Be Verified With Ministry: Usamate

Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations Jone Usamate said people who get involved with recruitment agencies for overseas work needed to cross check with the ministry first. Mr Usamate
29 May 2017 11:00
Recruitments Should Be Verified With Ministry: Usamate
Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations, Jone Usamate

Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations Jone Usamate said people who get involved with recruitment agencies for overseas work needed to cross check with the ministry first.

Mr Usamate was responding to allegations that a group from several villagers from the Western Division were caught in a recruitment racket that saw four of them rejected at a check-in counter at the Nadi International Airport on Saturday.

“These things keep happening and we keep telling people to check with us first before engaging these people (recruitment agencies),” Mr Usamate said.

According to Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro, the Border Police at the airport confirmed the incident where villagers were rejected from the check in counter for a flight to Australia.

“They have been advised to lodge their complaints with the Police department in Lautoka,” Ms Naisoro said.

It is alleged the group consists of different villagers in Lautoka and Nadi who were “conned” by a suspect known only as ‘Nemani’, and believed to be from Ra.

It is alleged the suspect persuaded and conned the group of people into seeking recruitment for jobs in Australia.

The group allegedly paid $1600 each to the suspect but were turned away from the airport with family members accompanying them to farewell them.

It is understood that a few of the group arrived at Nadi Airport on Saturday morning and were told by the suspect they were booked on two flights, one at 9am and one at 10am.

When our reporter Shahani Mala arrived at the Nadi International Airport, those who were to have travelled arrived with family members to farewell them.

Ms Mala was rudely told she could not interview the people and three of them later accosted her and forced her to delete pictures she had taken of them with her mobile phone.

Ms Mala said she was then forced out of the airport departure area by three of them.

Mr Usamate made a request to the complainants to report the allegations to him.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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