19 work­ers on the run: Usa­mate

Fiji Sun - - Nation - JOSAIA RALAGO

It has been re­vealed that 19 of the 130 peo­ple re­cruited for sea­sonal work­ers scheme to Aus­tralia were still on the run. The Min­is­ter for Em­ploy­ment, Re­la­tions and Pro­duc­tiv­ity, Jone Usa­mate, said while this painted a neg­a­tive im­age of Fiji to the outer job mar­ket, Aus­tralian and New Zealand farm­ers were still will­ing to re­cruit Fi­jians. Mr Usa­mate, on re­cruit­ment tour in North­ern mar­itime com­mu­ni­ties has called on vil­lage head­men to care­fully con­sider the names of in­di­vid­u­als they were sub­mit­ting for sea­sonal work. He said the three men from each vil­lage should be dis­ci­plined, fit and have a pos­i­tive at­ti­tude to­wards the work they were be­ing en­listed for. Mr Usa­mate said this was part of Govern­ment’s ini­tia­tive to pro­vide equal job op­por­tu­ni­ties for those peo­ple liv­ing in ru­ral ar­eas.

“The fu­ture of other vil­lagers in this av­enue highly de­pends on the at­ti­tudes of th­ese in­di­vid­u­als, if they are good with their work then they would ask for more peo­ple,” he said.

“This is true for four peo­ple from dif­fer­ent parts of Fiji who worked at an Aus­tralian farm, they per­formed so well that the farm­ers asked for 10 more from each of their vil­lages.

“It is there­fore im­por­tant to sub­mit the names of those you know would do a good job and would keep the mar­ket open for more peo­ple.” Mr Usa­mate added the peo­ple whose names had been sub­mit­ted would have to un­dergo a phys­i­cal and health test be­fore they were re­cruited to work. He said th­ese tests would be held in the North be­tween Novem­ber 13 to 15. It was also con­firmed that a team would be leav­ing in Novem­ber and the next one in Fe­bru­ary for Aus­tralia and New Zealand.

Edited by Ru­si­ate Mataika

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