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Fi­jians em­ployed in Aus­tralia un­der the Sea­sonal Worker Pro­gramme (SWP) have been praised for their good per­for­mance. The com­men­da­tion was made to the Min­is­ter for Em­ploy­ment, Pro­duc­tiv­ity and In­dus­trial Re­la­tion Jone Usa­mate by one of the Aus­tralian em­ployer dur­ing his min­is­te­rial visit to the Bund­aberg re­gion, Queens­land tour this week. Ak­ers Farm man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Dean Ak­ers while meet­ing the Min­is­ter ex­pressed his sin­cere grat­i­tude and high­lighted that he is ex­tremely happy with the per­for­mance of the 10 Fi­jian work­ers cur­rently em­ployed in his farm. “I am very ap­pre­cia­tive of the work­ers’ proper work ethics and dis­ci­pline. They are hard­work­ing and very com­mit­ted,” Mr Ak­ers said. “I also wish to ac­knowl­edge the Fi­jian Gov­ern­ment for the strin­gent se­lec­tion process and fit­ness test con­ducted to po­ten­tial work­ers in Fiji in en­sur­ing that qual­ity and best em­ploy­ees are given the op­por­tu­nity to work un­der the sea­sonal worker pro­gramme,” the em­ployer added. The Fi­jian work­ers also con­veyed their ap­pre­ci­a­tion to Min­is­ter Usa­mate and ex­pressed their ut­most grat­i­tude to the Fi­jian Gov­ern­ment for the op­por­tu­nity given through the Na­tional Em­ploy­ment Cen­tre (NEC) to be se­lected for em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties un­der the SWP. Min­is­ter Usa­mate re­minded the work­ers on the need to work hard and main­tain proper dis­ci­pline and work ethics in or­der to open doors for more em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for other po­ten­tial Fi­jian work­ers un­der the pro­gram in the near fu­ture.

Dur­ing the same visit the Min­is­ter also met with po­ten­tial em­ploy­ers who have shown in­ter­est in re­cruit­ing Fi­jian work­ers in the 2018 sea­sons af­ter see­ing the Fi­jian work­ers’ ex­cel in other farms.

Mean­while, Min­is­ter Usa­mate made a cour­tesy call to the Mayor of Bund­aberg and has dis­cussed fur­ther op­por­tu­ni­ties of grow­ing the sea­sonal worker pro­gramme.

Source: DEPTFO News

Min­is­ter for Em­ploy­ment, Pro­duc­tiv­ity and In­dus­trial Re­la­tions Jone Usa­mate re­cently met with the sea­sonal work­ers from Bund­aberg re­gion, Queens­land, Aus­tralia

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