7 Feb 2007

Redundant Fiji mine workers apply for jobs in Canada

10:07 am on 7 February 2007

Hundreds of mine workers made redundant by the closure of the Vatukoula gold mine in Fiji have rushed to apply for jobs in Canada as officials from a recruiting company arrived in Tavua yesterday.

The president of JOBROX, Arvind Bubber, says they have taken in over 250 applications and expect more today before they return to Canada.

The Fiji Sun quotes Mr Bubber as saying JOBROX is an agent for all companies looking for employees because there is a huge need for workers in Canada.

The company is looking for workers not only from the mining industry but from all other fields including tourism and hospitality.

Mr Bubber says they will maintain a database on workers in Fiji and their skills and background and place them with companies wanting to employ them.

He says they are working with Fiji's interim administration through its diplomats in Canada and the United States.

Applicants who listed with JOBROX yesterday say they were told it could take up to three months before they know whether there are jobs in Canada for them.