12 Dec 2022

Government called to enact change to RSE scheme

From Morning Report, 8:11 am on 12 December 2022

The government is being called on to enact urgent change to the Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme ahead of the 2023 season.

The Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner released a report this morning highlighting serious gaps in the scheme, which she says may enable a systemic pattern of human rights abuses.

This as the government has increased the cap of RSE workers from 16-thousand to 19,000, potentially putting more workers at risk.

Immigration Minister Michael Wood has turned down an interview with Morning Report.

Amalgamated Workers Union Wellington regional secretary Robert Popata spoke to Corin Dann.