Koroilavesau Awaits Re­ports

‘I’m still wait­ing an of­fi­cial re­port from Aus­tralian govt and the em­ploy­ers’ rep­re­sen­ta­tives

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Min­is­ter for Em­ploy­ment, Pro­duc­tiv­ity and Em­ploy­ment re­la­tions Semi Koroilavesau is await­ing re­ports re­ports about Fi­jian sea­sonal work­ers in Aus­tralia be­ing told to re­turn to work for the con­tracted em­ploy­ers, who they say had ex­ploited them or leave Aus­tralia. A re­port by ABC stated that the Fi­jians work­ers con­cerned would like to stay and find work with other em­ploy­ers. Min­is­ter Koroilavesau said the Fi­jian Gov­ern­ment had not re­ceived any of­fi­cial re­port from the Aus­tralian gov­ern­ment. An ABC in­ves­ti­ga­tion last month also claimed that many of the work­ers re­ceived lit­tle or no pay af­ter de­duc­tions while pick­ing fruit and veg­eta­bles for AFS Con­tract­ing, in north­ern Vic­to­ria. “We have picked up a num­ber of ar­ti­cles on­line and we have asked the Aus­tralian au­thor­i­ties to in­ves­ti­gate the facts be­hind such claims,” Min­is­ter Koroilavesau said. “I am not aware of such claims and we are still await­ing re­ports from our coun­ter­parts and we need more dis­cus­sions on this; I will make a com­ment once I re­ceive re­port from the em­ployer’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive,” he said.

Photo: ABC News

A meet­ing of sea­sonal Fi­jian work­ers in Aus­tralia.

Photo: DEPTFO News

Min­is­ter for Em­ploy­ment, Pro­duc­tiv­ity and In­dus­trial Re­la­tions, Semi Koroilavesau (sit­ting mid­dle), farewelled some 20 sea­sonal work­ers leav­ing for em­ploy­ment in Vic­to­ria,

Aus­tralia in Jan­uary.

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