Posts Tagged ‘Kiribati’

Taxpayers subsidise dodgy boss

August 29, 2008

Wait! Let me get this straight.

The NZ government sets up a dubious immigration scheme to bring in foreign (mostly Pacific) seasonal workers to help farmers get staff at wages Kiwis won’t work for (because they can’t live on what the farmers want to pay).

A dodgy farmer boss hires 70+ Kiribati workers, but crams them in 20 to a house, and charges them for the privilege. From what were already low wages. Basically, after all the ‘deductions’ by the boss, the staff have to fly back to their home (having borrowed to fly here in the first place) without their wages.

And the Dept of Labour – generous souls that they are – think the Kiwi taxpayer should pay these Kiribati workers their wages BECAUSE THE DODGY BOSS WON’T!!! Why the heck can’t the Labour Dept. pay the wages in the interim, and sue the living cr*p out of this filthy boss?

The victims here are the Kiribati workers, and they should be helped. But giving a gift to the shonky boss just makes NZ taxpayers victims too. Shameful, Dept of Labour. Truly shameful.

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.