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A total of 172 selected Fijian workers Thursday finalised its three days pre-departure orientation with the National Employment Centre of the Ministry of Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations for employment opportunities under the Australian Pacific Labour Scheme (PLS).
These workers will be engaged with PLS employer - Regional Workforce Management (RWM) to work for 3 years in the meatworks industry and will depart for Australia through a chartered flight on Wednesday, 25th November 2020.
The Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations, Youth and Sports Parveen Kumar while delivering his address, highlighted that the pandemic has dramatically impacted on many of the Fijian citizens including its labour force and this window of opportunity during these challenging times, is a blessing.
“On behalf of the Fijian Government, I sincerely acknowledge the offer by the Australian Government and its continued support in the recruitment of Fijian workers under the Seasonal Worker Program (SWP) and the Pacific Labour Scheme (PLS) that has directly benefited many of our citizens.”
“My Ministry also welcomes the agreement between the Australian Government and its States and Territories on 21 August 2020, paving the way for the recommencement of the two labour mobility programmes,” Minister Kumar said.
“During these challenging times, I wish to thank the Australian government for their continued support and assistance through such employment opportunities that will boost our Fijian economy through remittances.”
The Employment Minister extended his sincere gratitude to the PLS employer, Regional Workforce Management (RWM), for having the confidence to recruit from Fiji during this crisis and for believing in our people.
In his address, Minister Bala further emphasised the need for workers to be faithful and abide by their contractual agreement that they have signed for and to perform their work to the best of their abilities.
“This type of employment opportunity is rare to find, therefore, fully utilise it well for the benefit of your loved ones here in Fiji.
“You play an important role for the engagement of other potential Fijian workers – you must do your best, be dedicated, remain committed and focus on your goals. Your role is to open doors for your family members and other members of the community.”
These workers were advised to seek clarifications or issues in regards to their employment with their team leader or supervisor, employer, the PLS worker welfare team, the National Employment Centre officers or Fiji’s Embassy in Canberra for guidance and advice.
Also present was the Australian Deputy High Commissioner to Fiji Anna Dorney, who conveyed their appreciation to the Fijian Government for accepting their request as there is a need of labourers in Australia due to labour shortages from the effects of the current COVID-19 pandemic.
The PLS employer, RWM have employed a total of 193 Fijians to date in the meatworks industry in various locations around rural Australia.
SOURCE: FIJI TIMES/PACNEWS
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