Employment

4 off to Australia for seasonal banana farming

Four seasonal workers from Tikina Sasa of Macuata and Natewa of Cakaudrove left our shores on Wednesday for banana farming in Australia under the Seasonal Worker Programme. These workers will be employed with MADEC a seasonal worker programme approved labour contractor in Mena Creek, Queensland who will be contracting the four Fijians for a duration […]

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December 10, 2016 7:16 am

Four seasonal workers from Tikina Sasa of Macuata and Natewa of Cakaudrove left our shores on Wednesday for banana farming in Australia under the Seasonal Worker Programme.

Four Fijian workers for seasonal work deployment under the Seasonal Worker Programme in Australia.
Four Fijian workers for seasonal work deployment under the Seasonal Worker Programme in Australia.

These workers will be employed with MADEC a seasonal worker programme approved labour contractor in Mena Creek, Queensland who will be contracting the four Fijians for a duration of six months.

The four workers were selected through the good performance of two individuals from Tikina Sasa and Natewa who are currently employed with the same employer.

They will be engaged in field work which includes picking banana bunches, de-leafing, de-suckering, fixing irrigation and replanting amongst others.

These workers will work for a minimum of 8 to 10 hours per day and will be paid an hourly rate of $22.13 AUD.  Therefore each worker is expected to receive a weekly pay of $1,239.28 AUD if worked from Monday to Sunday each week and is also entitled to day-offs.

The Ministry of Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations has also urged the group 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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