24 May 2017

Samoa to ensure seasonal workers are fitter

12:51 pm on 24 May 2017

Samoans selected for seasonal work in Australia and New Zealand will now have to pass a fitness test.

RSE worker

RSE worker Photo: RNZ / Johnny Blades

The mandatory testing is made possible under the Labour Mobility Assistance Program, which is funded by Australia.

It is targeted at those who apply for seasonal work under Australia's Seasonal Workers Program, and the New Zealand Recognised Seasonal Employers scheme.

The chief executive of the Ministry of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Agafili Tomaimano Shem Leo, says it is essential they send the best possible people each time - people who are physically and mentally fit and strong because it will encourage employers to seek more workers from Samoa in the future.

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