Employment

Employment Minister clarifies seasonal workpay

Workers deployed for seasonal work in Australia and New Zealand are paid on a piece rate basis and receive weekly pay according to their level of productivity. This was highlighted by the Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations Hon. Semi Koroilavesau during his three-day public consultations with the districts of Juju & Pepjei, Itutiu […]

Verleshwar Singh

September 3, 2016 9:09 am

Workers deployed for seasonal work in Australia and New Zealand are paid on a piece rate basis and receive weekly pay according to their level of productivity.

This was highlighted by the Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations Hon. Semi Koroilavesau during his three-day public consultations with the districts of Juju & Pepjei, Itutiu & Itumuta, Noatau, Oinafa and Malhaha in Rotuma.

“Piece rate is determined according to the type of fruit picked, the number of bins filled or pruning done by a worker,” said Koroilavesau.

“Simply put, the more bins filled or pruning done by a worker, the more money he/she will receive.”

The Minister also stated that each worker must ensure that he or she is at work each day in order to receive better pay package at the end of the week as there are also deductions that will be made by the employer on a weekly basis.

“Weekly deductions are basically on rent, transportation, health insurance cover and tax which is applicable to all seasonal workers.”

Minister Koroilavesau highlighted that the worker must focus on the work to be done and understand that they need to be effective, efficient and productive in performing their work for a better pay-pack.

He added that the first year of work is usually the learning year, given that the workers will be new to all the fruits and method of husbandry required by each fruit tree, thus workers should be expecting to save a lot of money in the first year.

The Minister stated that the first year workers under the New Zealand Recognized Seasonal Employer (RSE) work scheme, on average each worker is expected to save approximately $5,000 to $10,000 (NZD) within the seven months contract period and $5,000 to $12,000 (AUD) for Australia SWP workers for the six months period.

He added that the amount of saving by each worker will rise from the 2nd year onwards as the worker becomes more experienced.

The Minister emphasized to the members of the community in Rotuma that Government needs seasonal workers who are dedicated with a clear focus for seasonal work employment opportunities both for Australia and New Zealand.

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