Fiji Raising Awareness of RSE & SWP in Rural Areas

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THE Labour Ministry is reaching out to people in rural areas to spread awareness on the recognised seasonal employer (RSE) scheme and Australia’s seasonal worker program (SWP).

Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations Semi Koroilavesau said this was one of the ways to support labour mobility schemes.

“Given the real issues of climate change and the changing global weather patterns, it only reveals our vulnerabilities and the need to build stronger relationships,” he said during the RSE panel physicians’ forum in Nadi yesterday.

“This (building relationships) will happen through real and meaningful labour mobility schemes such as the RSE work scheme and SWP.”

He said travelling to rural communities also provided an opportunity for those affected by Severe TC Winston.

“I felt the happiness, hope and aspirations of these isolated rural communities, particularly those who were severely affected by Tropical Cyclone Winston in February this year.

“To many of our people, this employment opportunity will be a dream come true and it is a means whereby they can quickly rebuild, make amends and move on in life.

“Our workers, potential workers, their families and communities are thrilled to have these overseas seasonal employment opportunities, hence it is our common social responsibility to make this happen, otherwise we will all fail.”

By Shayal Devi