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17 Fijians to enter the NZ RSE scheme

January 27, 2019 7:43 am

17 Fijians will be entering the New Zealand Recognised Seasonal Employer Work Scheme this year.

The scheme which started with 12 Fijians in 2015 has grown to 56 workers as of last year.

In the 2019 season, this will increase to 60 workers comprising of 17 new and 43 returning workers.

The 43 returning workers were again selected due to their excellent work performance and attitude.

“These workers will be engaged in kiwi fruit harvesting, orchard work which includes but not limited to pruning, thinning, picking, stringing, planting and driving. Also pack-house work which includes but not limited to packing, stacking, grading, tray preparation, bin tip, forklift driving (drivers), line sampling and reject analysis.”

However, challenges such as behaviour and alcohol-related issues from a few workers have been raised.

Employment Ministry permanent secretary, Osea Cawaru, says the issues highlighted will be addressed as early as possible.

He assures that the good performance of Fijian workers should not be tarnished by the poor performance and behaviour of a few workers.

The 60 workers are from the Provinces of Ra, Rewa, Tailevu, Ba, Lomaiviti, Kadavu, Serua and Namosi.

East Pack Ltd is the largest recruiter of Fijian workers under the RSE work scheme.