Forum to develop regional strategy on labour mobility

The annual meeting of Trade Ministers from the Pacific Islands Forum in Fiji has agreed on the need to develop a regional strategy on labour mobility in the Pacific, citing the welfare of workers from Pacific Island

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Pacific labour mobility: Weaving Fiji-Marshallese links

After six years in the Marshall Islands, Fijian Verenaisi Bavadra says, “I feel to have contributed to the development of education in the Marshall Islands in my own little field.” The Library Director at College of

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Solomon Islands benefit ‘significantly’ from labour scheme

Solomon Islands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade (MFAET) has acknowledged that among the most significant benefits of the PACER plus agreement to the Solomon Islands is the labour mobility scheme,

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Losing Samoa police to seasonal work overseas: Schuster

Samoa Minister for Police & Prisons, Faualo Harry Schuster has raised concern over the loss of police officers to the Recognised Seasonal Employment (RSE) workers scheme. Faualo told Talamua that it is an issue that

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Skilled workers shortage worry

A growing shortage of skilled workers in Fiji is causing concern among members of the Fiji Commerce and Employers Federation (FCEF), and they want Government to increase the number of countries covered under its

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Seasonal workers scheme needs balance: Samoa PM Mata’afa

Samoan Prime Minister, Fiame Naomi Mata’afa says there needs to be a circular process for the seasonal workers scheme to ensure human resource constraints in Samoa are dealt with in a balanced manner.  Mata’afa

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Albanese victory welcomed by Fiji PM

Pacific Islands leaders will be hoping that the swearing in of Australia’s new Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese tomorrow morning will herald a new era in climate action from Australia. Fiji Prime Minister, Frank

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Australian Agricultural Visa: an end to the PLS?

Yesterday the Australian government announced that a new Australian Agriculture visa is to be created in addition to the Pacific Seasonal Worker Programme and Pacific Labour Scheme. The new announcement is significant,

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How an ASEAN ag visa would undermine Pacific seasonal worker programs

The Australian Federal Agriculture Minister, David Littleproud, announced yesterday morning on the ABC that the National Party had demanded and gained acceptance of a proposed “seasonal agricultural workforce visa”

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Luve ni yali: Lost son of a seasonal worker

  By Satish Chand Luve ni yali, a newborn, was issued a fresh certificate of identity by a Pacific diplomatic mission in Canberra so that he could be repatriated home with his mother, a temporary migrant worker who

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Opinion: The road to a Pacific Island economic recovery requires regional solutions

A step up in engagement by the Australian and New Zealand governments, combined with regional and international economic support over the past year, has cushioned the initial blow of Covid-19.  Moving forward,

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Hope on labour mobility

There’s good news for Vanuatu’s seasonal workers this week with the announcement that 170 workers will be able to go to Australia for the mango season. The workers will go to the Northern Territory in a pilot

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