8 May 2014

Ni-Vanuatu workers in NZ told behave better

7:13 am on 8 May 2014

Vanuatu's Commissioner of Labour says the country must weed out bad behaviour among ni-Vanuatu seasonal workers employed on farms in New Zealand

This comes as the number of ni-Vanuatu seasonal workers in New Zealand this year is set to pass 3,000 by June.

The Commissioner, Lionel Kaluat, says he is disappointed to learn of recent behavioural issues by a Vanuatu worker.

Mr Kaluat says his Office is treating the report very seriously as the worker's behaviour does not reflect the pre-departure training all workers take before leaving for New Zealand.

The Commissioner says the Seasonal Employment Act is being reviewed in order to address issues of selection and recruitment of workers so that in future, all workers must meet a prescribed criteria set out by the Act before being selected.