17 Dec 2011

Samoa signs MOU to join Australia's seasonal workers scheme

8:44 am on 17 December 2011

Samoa has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Australia to join its seasonal workers scheme.

Samoa's Prime Minister, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, signed the agreement with Australia's Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific islands Affairs, Richard Marles.

At the signing, Tui'laepa also emphasized his government's zero tolerance against workers who abuse the system.

He said those recruited will be thoroughly screened for this scheme, which is similar to a New Zealand scheme.

Tui'laepa issued the warning after several Samoan workers were deported from New Zealand for abusing the conditions of the scheme there.

A pilot scheme, to provide seasonal workers to the Australian horticulture industry, has been operating for several years.