Employment

20 seasonal workers depart for New Zealand

Twenty seasonal workers that were selected from the Tikina (District) work-ready pool under the revised recruitment and selection criteria were farewelled by the Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations Hon. Jone Usamate in Nadi this week. Minister Usamate said these workers were selected from the Ra, Ba and Tailevu provinces and districts that were […]

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December 1, 2016 7:38 am

Twenty seasonal workers that were selected from the Tikina (District) work-ready pool under the revised recruitment and selection criteria were farewelled by the Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations Hon. Jone Usamate in Nadi this week.

Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations, Hon. Jone Usamate  farewelling 20 seasonal workers for New Zealand under the RSE Work Scheme.
Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations, Hon. Jone Usamate farewelling 20 seasonal workers for New Zealand under the RSE Work Scheme.

Minister Usamate said these workers were selected from the Ra, Ba and Tailevu provinces and districts that were badly affected by Tropical Cyclone Winston.

In his farewell statement, Minister Usamate encouraged the 20 male workers to aim high and said that with the right attitude the workers can succeed and supersede the employers’ expectation.

“Government has provided a platform for work opportunities abroad and greener pastures for you and all Fijians including your loved ones. Now the onus is on you; it is now your turn to grasp all you have learnt from the pre-departure orientation training and apply yourself in your new work environment,” Minister Usamate said.

20 Seasonal Workers ready for deployment under the New Zealand RSE Work Scheme.
20 Seasonal Workers ready for deployment under the New Zealand RSE Work Scheme.

These workers will be based in Whakatu, Hastings, in the Hawkes Bay area of New Zealand and are contracted for a duration of six months.

“The first six months will be a learning season for you.  Once you have mastered the techniques and skills of your new working environment in New Zealand and demonstrated high skills, performance and productivity, you will succeed by being re-selected by the employer for another season if need be,” Minister Usamate said.

The workers were told to maintain their focus, work hard and work smart, learn as much as they can and save money to rebuild their homes and their lives while awaiting other assistance from Government during this recovery phase.

“Your goals for self-improvement, development of your families and communities are to be reasons for saving money,” Minister Usamate said.

The group were urged to commit to their work, perform their best, earn and save to add value to the livelihood of their families and communities.

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