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Shonky migrant labour scheme exposed!

August 15, 2008

NZ potato pickers

And so the stories start to trickle out about the shonky migrant labour scheme Labour dreamed up to ‘help’ Pacific nations. A dodgy Nelson boss screws over 80 Kiribati migrant workers, doesn’t pay them, and the workers get sent home unpaid!!!

And it seems the Presybtarian church had already raised concerns over abuse of Vanuatu workers earlier.

“We are hearing stories of workers who are cold and hungry. Some arrive to find they will be crammed into houses sleeping many per room, each having an exorbitant amount deducted from their pay for rent and power. Worse some arrive to find no roof over their heads,” [Rev] Pamela [Tankersely] says.

What nice bosses. Can’t understand why they had trouble finding Kiwi workers for their orchards…. what’s that? The slave conditions? Oh.

Time to junk this dodgy migrant labour scheme, and support NZ Aid to provide training for Pacific people for good jobs in their country, and not use such schemes as a cop-out for NZ bosses to offer sweatshop type conditions that Kiwi workers won’t tolerate.