P.M. tells “proud ambassadors” no alcohol and extra marital affairs

Seasonal workers chosen for various job opportunities in New Zealand and Australia have been reminded they are “proud ambassadors” for Samoa.

But they are to refrain from alcohol consumption, “extra marital affairs” and breaking the laws of the countries they work in.

The reminder came from Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, during the annual Labour and Employment Export Awareness Day at the T.A.T.T.E. Conference Room on Monday.

“Allow me the opportunity to remind you all of the government’s expectations from each of you when working overseas,” Tuilaepa said.  

“While you are away you must remember that you are representing Samoa and must act accordingly as a proud ambassador.  If you do a good job then more of our people will be afforded the opportunity to work under the schemes.”

Held amidst growing fears about the measles epidemic, the gathering was attended by more than 700 workers and their families.

The Prime Minister acknowledged New Zealand and Australia’s contribution to the Labour Mobility Programmes, describing them as a “win-win” situation for all parties involved.

For the 2018/2019 season, more than 2,000 Samoan workers have participated on the Recognised Seasonal Employment (R.S.E.), Pacific Trades Partnership (P.T.P.) and Approved in Principle (A.I.P.) in New Zealand. Further, the Seasonal Workers Programme (S.W.P.) and the Pacific Labour Scheme in Australia has seen a further 650 Samoan workers granted jobs.

“That is in addition to the initial horticultural and agricultural industries, we now have employment opportunities in the construction and Abattoir-Meat Industry in New Zealand,” Tuilaepa said.

“The Pacific Labour Scheme in Australia has also moved labour mobility on from purely just seasonal work to three years semi-skilled work. Working on these programs is not only a good opportunity for you, but also your families, communities and the economy of Samoa.”  

But Prime Minister Tuilaepa said problems are inevitable.

“You are informed before you leave that alcohol is not permitted yet many of you think it is ok to drink alcohol! Note that government is taking a zero-tolerance of alcohol – no more chances,” Tuilaepa said.

“Extra marital affair’s is not advisable, especially when you have spouse(s), partners and children supporting and waiting for you.”

The Prime Minister also urged them to look after their health.

“This includes; eating well, exercising, personal hygiene means being clean and well-presented,” he said.

“If you have health issues then address them immediately, don’t wait until it becomes a big deal and you need to have days off work to recover.”

Lastly, Tuilaepa reminded them about what the employers expect.

“Employers in Australia and New Zealand want workers who; show leadership potential, have strong family values, confident and have goals that they want to achieve, healthy, a team player and is able to live in harmony with others.”

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