Aspiring seasonal workers warned

20/10/2011

<p style="text-align: justify;">Successful schemes tend to attract scamsters like honey to bees. Australia is now showing serious signs of following New Zealand’s successful footsteps in seasonal worker schemes.<!--more--></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">At the recently held Australia PNG leaders’ talks in Canberra, both countries reiterated each other’s efforts in following through on the scheme. Australia has indicated that it might well take the scheme beyond the pilot phase that runs out in June next year.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">And now comes the warning that scamsters are out there in the islands – at least in the Solomon Islands as of now – trying to bait wannabe seasonal workers. They claim to be recruitment agents for employers in Australia who wish to enrol workers under the Pacific Seasonal Worker Pilot Scheme.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">The trend is said to be rampant in the national capital Honiara, according to news reports, where there have been cases of such “agents” collecting money as fees. “No one has been licensed to recruit and people must not give them money as fees,” Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs &amp; External Trade Robert Sisilo warned the public through the media this week.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">The Minister said the deal was still under negotiations with Australia and officials were still working on a draft document. “The details will include the issue of licensing recruitment agents and how this is going to be done,” he added. The present activity was illegal, he emphasised.</p>
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