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Fijian RSE workers raise issues with Minister

July 14, 2017 8:03 pm

Fijian seasonal workers deployed to New Zealand have raised a number of concerns with the Employment Minister, Jone Usamate.

They met the Minister during his week-long tour to NZ last week.

This follows recent adverse reports received by the Employment Ministry.

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Usamate visited these workers to discuss the issues reported by the NZ Government and to also hear their views of challenges faced.

The Minister says issues raised by Fijian RSE workers were in relation to the poor quality of accommodation, less weekly wage pay, high charges of transportation cost, pay slip discrepancies and uneven income distribution for group contracts.

Usamate says there is also a need for more time to be given to our workers to familiarize themselves with a task before moving to another work.

He says there is also a need to standardize all employment contracts and all costs are to be articulated in the contract, which means no surprises for workers.

Minister Usamate highlighted these issues during the RSE 10th year anniversary celebration and also during the Employers Conference held in New Zealand last week.

The Minister for Employment noted the current challenges and expectations from the employers.

He also noted that communication and cross cultural understanding continues to be a challenge yet to be resolved.

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