June 7, 2017 4:46 pm

Several seasonal workers suspended after misbehaving in New Zealand

The Government has suspended the recruitment of employees from some villages and settlements in Fiji after reports of misconduct and disorderly behaviour in New Zealand.

Employment Minister, Jone Usamate said that seasonal workers who damage Fiji’s reputation under the New Zealand Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) Work Scheme and the Australia Seasonal Worker Programme (SWP) would not be considered for future seasonal work employment opportunities for four years.

In a statement, Minister Usmate said that a 4-year suspension would be placed on the village/settlement of the offending worker under the Foreign Seasonal Employment Policy of the Employment Ministry.

“Recent reports revealed that the issues raised by the NZ employers are alcohol related, failing to report to work, not showing respect, poor leadership, unhygienic living, high absenteeism and undue influence from the Fijian community in New Zealand.” Minister Usamate said.

Minister Usamate said that the seasonal workers were employed with Provine, Bostok, Mr Apple, Teamwork and Apata in New Zealand.  Re-engagement of workers would be at the discretion of his ministry.

The Employment Minister said that the decision to suspend employees and their villages/settlements was not a sudden or new decision made by Government but had been explained during the Ministry’s Tikina based recruitments and consultations.

The villages/settlements on a 4 year suspension from the seasonal work scheme are: Tuatua of Tikina Mudu in Lomaiviti; Dogoru of Tikina Wailevu, Nubu/Sasa of Tikina Nadogo, Vitina of Tikina Dogotuki, Lomaloma of Tikina Seaqaqa in Macuata; Makolei of Tikina Solevu, Nasolo of Tikina Nadi in Bua; Nakobo of Tikina Cakaudrove, Vatukaroa & Natuvu of Tikina Saqani in Cakaudrove; Davetalevu / Matacula / Nakorovou of Tikina Namalata, Nadrano / Lawaki of Tikina Namena, Luvunavuaka / Natalaira of Tikina Dawasamu, Nabulini of Tikina Nailega, Namoka / Natuvatuvavatu / Nayavu of Tikina Nayavu, Naivicula of Tikina Naloto, Natuva of Tikina Taivugalei, Dakuinuku of Tikina Sawakasa in Tailevu; Nadala of Tikina Savatu in Ba; and Wauosi of Tikina Namataku in Navosa.