Two groups of Fijian workers in New Zealand under the Recognised Seasonal Employer Work scheme have raised issues in relation to their working conditions.
Minister for Employment Jone Usamate says issues were raised 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.
He says another issue raised was the need for more time to be given to workers to familiarize themselves with a task before moving to another work.
Usamate says there is also a need to standardize all employment contracts and that all costs are to be articulated in the contract, which means no surprises for workers.
The Minister for Employment has also noted that the current challenges and expectations from the employers and also noted that communication and cross cultural understanding continue to be a challenge yet to be resolved.Listen to the latest news on our 5 radio stations Legend FM, Viti FM, Radio Sargam, FM96 and Navtarang.