Australian union helps Ni-Vanuatu workers taking part in Australia’s Seasonal Worker Program

Executive of the Vanuatu National Worker’s Union (VNWU) and the chairperson of the South Pacific Council of Trade Union, Loreen Bani, met with representatives of the Australian National Union of Workers yesterday. Photo: Joe Harry Karu

The Executive of the Vanuatu National Worker’s Union (VNWU) and the chairperson of the South Pacific Council of Trade Unions, Loreen Bani, met with representatives of the Australian National Union of Workers yesterday to discuss issues affecting ni-Vanuatu workers participating in Australia’s Seasonal Worker Program. Photo: Joe Harry Karu

Australian union officials have been holding a series of meetings with their Vanuatu counterparts. They are key personnel in the National Workers’ Union of Australia and their focus has been on the Seasonal Worker Program. George Robertson of the Australian Association of Unions, pointed out that there have been cases of underpayment of workers going from here to Australia and other serious issues. The two union bodies will keep in close touch.

The Government says all outstanding retirement benefits must be paid out as soon as possible. The first batch of outstanding payments is being paid out today to families of deceased persons and to those who retired on medical grounds. PM Salwai has already told the Budget Sitting of Parliament that the Vt 300 million presently represents only about 10% of the outstanding. The total is Vt 2.5 billion. Government is working on a solution. (Daily Post)

The opening of the telemedicine system on the remote eastern and under-populated coast of Maewo has been hailed as a tremendous success. It bring the telemedicine access right to ‘big sea’ Maewo where ships rarely call. PM Salwai performed the opening on Thursday. Ezekiel Boelum, Chairman of the Maewo Telecommunications Committee, expressed the gratitude of all the Naviso people, separated from the rest of Maewo by a mountain chain, to the PM and to Peace Corps volunteer Alexis Cullen, for the service which will also greatly assist education through the Learning Network. (Daily Post)

Happy Independence celebrations everyone!


One Comment on “Australian union helps Ni-Vanuatu workers taking part in Australia’s Seasonal Worker Program”

  1. Mark says:

    Pleased to see that this abuse is being stamped out. Congratulations NUW.

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