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Naqaravutu Village Records Highest Number Of Seasonal Workers

Naqaravutu Village of Tikina Tunuloa in Cakaudrove re­corded the highest number of seasonal workers deployed un­der the New Zealand Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) Worker Scheme and Australia Seasonal Worker Programme
30 Aug 2018 10:00
Naqaravutu Village Records Highest Number Of Seasonal Workers
Returning seasonal worker of Naqaravatu village sharing seasonal work expoereince with Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations Jone Usamate. Photo: DEPTFO News

Naqaravutu Village of Tikina Tunuloa in Cakaudrove re­corded the highest number of seasonal workers deployed un­der the New Zealand Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) Worker Scheme and Australia Seasonal Worker Programme (SWP) from the Northern Division.

Minister for Employment, Produc­tivity and Industrial Relations Jone Usamate highlighted that a total of 13 Fijians from Naqaravutu Vil­lage alone participated under the scheme and the programme from 2015-2017.

The returning workers were de­ployed to various seasonal work employers both in New Zealand and Australia and they sincerely thanked the Government for the employment opportunity as they have greatly benefited from it through improved living standards.

From their savings, these work­ers invested in their yaqona farm­ing, home extension, setting up of a canteen business, assistance for siblings’ education and contribu­tions to customary obligations.

Returning worker, Petero Mai­nukubati underlined that the group has also gained some learning ex­perience during their deployment such as time management, farming techniques, use of farming machin­eries and general hygiene.

Minister Usamate congratulated the returning seasonal workers for their dedication and commitment and also for maintaining a good re­cord with their seasonal work em­ployers that have been deployed for the past two years

The ministerial team also took note of challenges faced by the group for improvements between the sending and receiving coun­tries.

Source: DEPTFO

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