Minister Kumar visits Fijians in NZ

Employment Minister Praveen Kumar visits Fijians working in New Zealand under the RSE scheme. Picture: SUPPLIED

FIJI’S Employment Minister Praveen Kumar was in New Zealand over the past few days to iron out grievances of Fijians working under the Recognised Seasonal Employers (RSE) scheme.

He visited Fijian workers at Napier and Hastings in the Hawkes Bay region.

“The aim was to strengthen relations between employers and Fijian workers on the ground, acknowledge employers confidence in the recruitment of Fijian seasonal workers and hear first-hand of the challenges,” Mr Kumar was quoted saying in a Government statement issued this evening.

“This is an opportunity to discuss with employers the possibility of increasing our numbers by recruiting new workers apart from the returned workers.

“Even though employers have spoken very highly about the performance of our Fijian workers and it is very pleasing to hear their good performance, there is still room for improvement that is required by everyone to maintain the confidence of employers and also build-up our numbers.”

Fijian workers were also very grateful for the timely visit by the Minister and his team.

He is expected to return to Fiji tomorrow.


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