CAUTIOUS OPTIMISM AT PROPOSAL FOR MIGRANT WORKERS

December 19, 2018 11:45 pm

CAUTIOUS OPTIMISM AT PROPOSAL FOR MIGRANT WORKERS

Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) welcomes the announcement by Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway of proposed changes to employer-assisted temporary work visas.

“The acute shortage of farm workers has resulted in a reliance on migrant workers, however any proposals must address the impact on migrant families including access to affordable health, accommodation, education and support services,” said National President Fiona Gower.

“The introduction of regional skills shortage lists, along with new incentives and support for employers, will go some way to alleviating the chronic lack of rural workers throughout New Zealand.

“It is vital that any changes to the employer-assisted work visa programme include reinstatement of the right for temporary migrant workers to bring their partners and dependent children with them for the duration of their visa period and provide for their safety and wellbeing once they arrive.

“It is essential that all migrant farm workers and their families have access to the same amenities and services afforded to all New Zealanders,” says Ms Gower.

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