Government has been and will continue to take proactive approaches in ensuring that workers who leave our shores for overseas employment are given the highest protection and guidance from receiving countries.
This was highlighted by the Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations Jone Usamate.
The proactive efforts undertaken by the Ministry in protecting Fijian Workers according to the Minister are through media statements published in the dailies, talkback shows and roadshows advising members of the public of the legal aspects of engagement of any local for overseas employment and the challenges Government faces when not being made aware.
Usamate says to date, the Ministry has prosecuted two companies with one currently before the Employment Relations Tribunal whilst two other individuals from Labasa and Sigatoka respectively, are being investigated jointly by the Labour Compliance Section and the Fiji Police Force.
Moreover, he highlighted the close cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in particular with the Roving Ambassador’s Office for the employment opportunities and awareness conducted to other neighbouring Pacific Island countries that employ Fijian workers.