6 Feb 2015

Samoa apple pickers strike in Oz resolved

7:40 am on 6 February 2015

In Samoa, the Prime Minister, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, has told local reporters a strike by apple pickers from his country working in Australia under the seasonal scheme has been resolved.

Horticulture New Zealand says Labour's immigration policy would penalise growers using the Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme.

Samoa apple pickers strike in Australia now over. Photo: PHOTO NZ

Tuila'epa said the CEO of the Ministry of the Prime Minister and Cabinet has left the country for talks with Australian authorities on the matter.

The prime minister did not go into details, but saYS the workers have accused a Tongan man managing the job of being discriminatory against the Samoans and favoring people from his home country.

He says earning money from the scheme is more important, which is the reason the government has decided to send a senior government official to discuss the differences, with the hope that it does not to happen again in the future.