"Not all seasonal workers bring embarrassment"- RSE Scheme survey result
A group from the R.S.E Scheme are in Samoa to conduct a survey on the seasonal workers' families and villages to capture the impacts of their work.
This was followed after the Governments' decision on Tuesday when the Government’s Press Secretariat released a statement, which named and shamed nine individuals and their villages.
The individuals, according to the statement, have been sacked for theft, alcohol consumption, fighting in a bar, stealing beer and dangerous behaviour.
Others have been blacklisted for extramarital affairs, smoking marijuana, bullying, extortion of money and taking unauthorised leave from work.
The survey is on the families of the seasonal workers who are currently in New Zealand for the season works.
Speaking to the Samoa Observer, a member of the group, Fotuosamoa Jackson witnessed that a lot of families of the seasonal workers currently working overseas are positively impacted.
"It's sad how all the seasonal workers are now being sentimentalized as shame to the country and their families while not all of them are like that."
"If you take a look at these families that we have already surveyed, some have bought vehicles, built new houses, did plantations, and have developed their families very well so we just hope we reconsider calling all of them shame and embarrassment while majority of them are on the good side."
"We asked the mothers of the families or the wives and they are quite strong and supportive of the work their relatives or their husbands are doing," she said.
The group is currently in Savaii conducting their surveys around the villages and they are proud to witness the developments of the R.S.E Scheme in majority of the families.
One of the seasonal workers from Fagalii, 25 year old Ioapo Samuelu spoke to the Samoa Observer that he has bought a vehicle for his family.
"Before, we were struggling to find us a future for my children and my wife so I'll have to say it wasn't like this before. Now that I have bought them a vehicle, I am proud and at the sad time sad about how we're being named."
However, he wasn't responsive when Samoa Observer asked him a to why he has returned to Samoa early as august was supposed to be his last month in New Zealand for the R.S.E Scheme.