Hey, Duncan, Read this before you open your gob about Kiwi jobs again

Duncan Garner gobbed off that filthy foreigners were taking Kiwi jobs.

He should read a bit more widely.

A challenge caused by the industry’s expansion is the need for more infrastructure — more coolstores at ports, more transport and more reliable workers.

With more kiwifruit coming in the next few years, McBride says the industry, like the apple and wine industries, have come to rely heavily reliant on the Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) scheme under which workers from overseas – in particular the Pacific islands – harvest and package the crop. The industry could not grow without these workers.

“We also work with WINZ to help NZ folk find employment in our industry, but this is challenging because so many of the people we get are unreliable. One orchard I manage employed 72 people through WINZ, but only three made it,” he says. “A lot of plant and fuel got stolen. We tried really hard but… these people don’t really want to work.”

I know a couple of orchardists too, and they tell the same sorts of stories. One I was speaking to yesterday told me how they get sent WINZ “workers”, told a group of 50 are turning up, they get 10, 3 last two days and those ones are the keepers…the rest either never show up or are dead set useless. Once that formality is through they hire all the Islanders and Filipinos who actually want to work…and do a great job.

Our media are cossetted, precious idiots when it comes to the reality of employment, as are our politicians.

One of our commenters explains:

A friend went on a tour of a kiwifruit packhouse recently. She noticed most of the staff appeared to be islanders and asked the manager giving the tour why so few locals? His reply was that they don’t want to work. WINZ send them but they only stay a day or two before being a no show. He has no time for staff that can’t pass a drug test & don’t want to be there.

So Duncan should really start getting out a bit more before gobbing off on topics he know nought about.


– Rural News

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