New Zealand Labour government to expand exploitative migrant labour schemes

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By John Braddock New Zealand’s Labour government announced last week that it will ease restrictions on temporary migrant workers to address severe labour shortages...

Man hospitalised without Medicare after being set ablaze shows precarity of Pacific Island fruit...

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A Pacific farmworker who left his fruit picking job to work for a labour hire company ended up in hospital, without access to Medicare,...

‘No support’: Pacific Island labour-hire workers fear $6,000 cost of giving birth in Australia

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Pregnant women working under the Palm scheme face exorbitant healthcare bills and no easy options By jordyn Beazley Since Ulamila gave birth to her baby...

Pacific workers to bring families to Australia : Foreign Minister Penny Wong

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Australia has announced that they will allow seasonal workers to bring their families with them to Australia and create a new pathway to 3,000...

Vanuatu RSE workers excited about one-way travel bubble with NZ

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Seasonal workers from Vanuatu are happy to be able to bypass managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ) when the new one-way RSE travel bubble with...

Changes to Australia’s Pacific labour programmes welcomed

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Changes to Australia's Pacific worker programmes have been welcomed but questions remain over the pathway to permanent residency. The Australian government hailed their reforms to...

Quarantine options for Pacific workforce

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Australia is weighing up new quarantine arrangements for Pacific farm workers coming from countries with low coronavirus cases and high vaccination rates. Pacific Minister Zed...

NZ quarantine-free travel for Pacific RSE workers to restart next month

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Recognised seasonal employer (RSE) workers from the Pacific Islands will be able to return to New Zealand next month, the Government has announced -...

Solomon Islands workers fly to Australia for seasonal work Programme

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A first group of 160 workers have left Solomon Islands Thursday to work in Queensland, Australia under the Seasonal Work Programme (SWP) and the...

Pacific Island seasonal workers filling an ‘absolutely vital’ gap, horticulture sector says

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One hundred and fifty seasonal workers have landed from Vanuatu, but New Zealand’s horticultural employers would happily take six times as many. The latest group...

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