Monday, March 28, 2016

NZ may restrict dairy work to Pinoy permanent residents only

Work in New Zealand dairy farms will be restricted to Filipinos with permanent residence status only in two to three years' time as a result of cooling labor market situation in the industry for Filipino workers, according to Labor Attaché Rodolfo Sabulao.
"This is because their replacements are now being sourced out from India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka," Sabulao said in a report to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) main office in Manila following his dialogue with officers and members of the Filipino Dairy Farm Workers Association of Ashburton (FDFWAA).
He said New Zealand's preference for workers from other Asian countries "poses a greater concern to the Filipino workers because New Zealand do not spend a single dollar in bringing workers, especially those who come from India and Sri Lanka since the costs are passed on to the workers without the government's stamping for it."
Sabulao said during the dialogue, FDFWAA also asked the government to revisit regulations in the processing of direct hire OFWs -- a call Sabulao said he fully supports.
"This is to shorten the process and to make the procedure more convenient for employers... that wants a simple way of hiring and recruitment," he said.
In his report to Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz, Sabulao recommended that hire name processing "be allowed to serve as mode of deployment for professional, skilled and dairy farm Filipino workers to New Zealand without the need of verification" by the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Australia.

He also recommended coordination with the National Dairy Authority (NDA) to adopt an accreditation system for dairy farms, and for the Technical Skills and Development Authority (TESDA) to include "dairy milking" or "dairy operation" on its list of skills for assessment and certification.

"This is being put forward for the purpose of applying for work visa overseas, instead of dairy farms certifying Filipino applicants' skills," Sabulao said.
According to a February 2015 report on Stuff.co.nz, Filipinos constituted the largest group of workers issued work visas in the dairy industry in New Zealand. -- Rie Takumi/KBK, GMA News

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