The issue of foreign workers doing domestic work

Dear Editor,

Regarding: Your editorial titled “Honesty still the best policy”. Now that you had raised eyebrows!!

But it was back in January 2018, and it was from the horse’s mouth; so they say, and so they say. It was from the horse’s mouth.

It surely baffled the mind trying to comprehend the logic, why many Fijian workers are hired by some Palisians as babysitters who are coming to our shop here in Palisi; while so many unemployed ladies and mothers are roaming Palisi.

Until the stories were being told by some of these Fijian babysitters, that certainly astonishes the conscious for the exploitations and the conditions of employments if are truly true. Some of these innocent Fijian souls are lived in, hence are hired on a 24/7 with the money they get is equal to hard labour slavery.

Perhaps that is why the Fijians are hired and or the other overseas workers due to the fact no local worker would drudge the hard slavery labour exploitations?

 I was told by some of those Fijians, that they are paid, and sometimes the boss would go later the week and asked to borrow the same money. I was told, some of these Fijian workers had wanted to go home for a holiday but are not allowed.

This definitely thrills my neck hairs.

The hiring of overseas workers again the Germans did the very same. 

In a chat with my late father one day in the past, I brought up the issues of the Chinese and the Solomons why they were brought into Samoa. I found out the Chinese and the Solomons were brought in to work the cocoa, banana, and coconut farms.

He told me Samoa people back then was well looked after by the Germans; getting paid for doing nothing. My father had spoken highly of the Germans and how lots and lots of money back then. 

He wasn’t impressed with the British and New Zealand. Father once said the history of Samoa had portrayed the facts but he said lots and lots of Samoa people liked the Germans.

I was told the Hawaiians were brought in by the Catholic Church to build the rock walls while trying to fill the mangrove where the Marist school is currently located at Mulivai.

And then, the problem of workers stealing and God knows what else.

It would be ideal for all new workers in Samoa to be properly inducted about the dos and don’ts. Educate them first about of being honest. It would be nice also for the boss to make changes first. To be more friendly and humanely down to earth to treat the workers fairly with utmost respect. Try to be part of the team. Educate the workers to treat all with respect. And be very honest. Educate them there is no second chance for being not honest.

Educate the workers the importance of working hard to boost production; the better the performance the secured the job. The busy the day, the best sign for growth; there is more to do tomorrow, the next day, next week, next month, and so forth. No doubt, if a person is happy in every aspects of his or her employment including a handsome financial reward according to what they deserved, they will serve the master in the best of the ability.

With my utmost respect.


Tofaeono Misātauveve Iosefo Joseph Hollywood 


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