Reports the Herald:
The Government is promising tight controls on its new Pacific Island seasonal work permit programme... Immigration Minister David Cunliffe said yesterday that to reduce that risk, the new policy included funding for additional compliance and enforcement officers. "If they do not [return home], the registered employer may be subject to fines and may lose their registered employer status," Mr Cunliffe said. To take part in the scheme, employers must first show that they cannot find New Zealand workers to do the seasonal jobs they need done.You see, even when the Clark Government frees something up they're more intent on new barriers than they are on new freedoms.
With all the hoops that have to be jumped through to join the programme, you have to wonder how many employers will take up the opportunity. And here's another aspect, reported by NZPA: "Special efforts will be made to ensure unemployed people took up jobs ahead of immigrant workers," said David Benson-Pope.
"Ensuring" people who don't want to work take up jobs ahead of those who do?
Yeah, good luck with that.
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