Pacific Labour Scheme to Assist Fijians


The Fijian Government continues to assist those who need help the most and also those who have been affected by the pandemic.

In addressing the unemployment issue, the Pacific Labour Scheme (PLS) saw 192 Fijians getting employed as they prepare to depart for their respective designations in Australia.

Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations, Youth and Sports, Parveen Kumar, while officiating at the closing of the Pre-Departure Briefing for selected Fijian workers under the labour mobility program, at Kshatriya Hall, Suva, said this was by far the largest group to leave Fiji for the PLS.

“Both your Government and your families expect you to perform to the best of your abilities and to follow the terms of your contract,” Minister Kumar said.

“I would sincerely like to thank the PLS employers for having the confidence and for believing in our people.” Minister Kumar also thanked Ministry officials and staff for their hard work to ensure that all selected Fijian workers had met all the requirements for the labour mobility program.

“On behalf of the Fijian Government, I would like to sincerely thank the Australian Government and all respective employers in Australia,” Minister Kumar added. “Currently, More than 700 Fijians are currently engaged with the Australian employer, Regional Workforce Management (RWM) in the Meat Works Industry under the Australia PLS to date.”

Minister Kumar highlighted that RWM currently recruited the largest number of Fijian PLS workers. Of the 192 Fijians, 42 workers will be employed by HealthX and distributed to 10 caregiving homes around Queensland; 40 workers for Ulandra and will be working in the Red Valley Farms that specialises in Banana farming; 26 workers for MQ Griffith and will be working as Chicken Catchers in Griffith, New South Wales; and 84 workers for RWM and will be distributed around meat works industries in Victoria and part of Tasmania.