Solomon Islands: NZ seasonal worker recruiters intimidated

The Recognised Seasonal Employer Scheme will bring in 11,000 Pacific workers for the New Zealand horticulture and viticulture industries.

But one RSE contractor, who recruits on the islands, says tensions are mounting. His work in the Solomon Islands as of late has been plagued by intimidation and extortion attempts, particularly in Honiara. Even government officials pressure him to recruit family members.

The Solomon Islands High Commissioner in New Zealand, Joy Kere, says her government has taken note. While playing down the level of threat to recruiters, she says the government is taking measures to ensure they are protected by the local Labour Mobility Unit.

According to an article by radionz.co, 600 Solomon Islanders are employed under the RSE this year; reliable workers who come from a context of poverty and lack of opportunity.


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