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21 seasonal workers chosen from Ovalau: Usamate

Posted On: Wednesday, 11 October 2017

LEVUKA, 11 OCTOBER 2017 (DEPTFO NEWS) --- Fijian minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations Jone Usamate has highlighted that 21 seasonal workers have been chosen from Ovalau to work in New Zealand farms.

Minister Usamate was speaking at the public consultation forum held at the Lomaiviti Provincial Office

“We are happy that two employers from New Zealand actually travelled to Ovalau and hand picked these workers from their villages,” Minister Usamate said.

“We are optimistic that these workers will represent Fiji well and show their employers that we can do a better job.”

To date more than 800 workers from Fiji have been employed under the seasonal workers scheme.

“We still need to send more people, Vanuatu is setting a very good example with 4,100 workers in New Zealand farms alone,” Minister Usamate said.

“I would like to encourage the people of Ovalau to prepare their youths well for such overseas employment so that they are physically and mentally prepared to represent our country as seasonal workers.

“We were asked some very good question by the public in Ovalau merely because the island has one of Fiji’s biggest fish canning factory namely the Pacific Fishing Company.”

Emeri Tavaga of Bureta Ovalau thanked the Minister of Employment for having his last public consultation with the people of Ovalau in the old capital Levuka.

“This is a once in a lifetime experience to actually meet with a team of workers from the Ministry of Employment who have made themselves available to grass root people like us, we are thankful for this opportunity,” Tavaga said?..PACNEWS

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