30 Nov 2020

RSE workers guaranteed a living wage new border exemption

From , 5:03 am on 30 November 2020

Pacific Islands seasonal workers who will be allowed into New Zealand under a new border exemption will finally be paid a living wage,

The New Zealand government has granted a border exception for 2000 workers under the Recognised Seasonal Employers scheme in the new year. 

New  conditions in place as part of the exemption include a standard living wage for the Pacific workers, and for employers to foot the quarantine costs. 

This includes two weeks of salary for the workers in the horticulture and viticulture industries.

 Lillian Hanly has more. 

RSE worker in a Hawke's Bay orchard.

Photo: RNZ / Johnny Blades