3 Seasonal Employment Agents Suspended In Vanuatu

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Public reminded not to pay fees to those claiming to be agents

PORT VILA, Vanuatu (Vanuatu Daily Post, Dec. 23, 2013) – Vanuatu’s Commissioner of Labour (CoL) Lionel Kaluat has suspended three approved Seasonal Employment Licensees (or Agents).

The three Licensees who have been suspended after committing offences under the provisions of the Seasonal Employment Act are: Dudley Wisil, trading as Silstan Seasonal Workers, suspended for 60 days with effect from November 15, 2013;

Michael Liu, trading as Seasonal Workers Agency Vanuatu, suspended for 60 days with effect from December 4, 3013; and Nancy Jacob, trading as Manpower Vanuatu and Associates, suspended for 60 days with effect from December 4, 2013.

The decision to suspend the three Licensees was made as a result of investigations by the Labour Inspectorate Division of the Employment Services Unit (ESU), after formal reports were received by the ESU in accordance with section 9(a),(b) and (d) of the Vanuatu Seasonal Employment Act of 2007.

The CoL made it clear in his letters of suspension that during the suspension period, the agencies must immediately cease operation according to subsection 9140 960 of the Seasonal Employment Act No.23 of 2007.

The Commissioner is appealing to the public not to pay any fees to any approved licensees when approached for registration to participate in the New Zealand RSE and Australian SWP Schemes.

The general public is again strong advised not to pay any fees to anyone who claims to be an agent and should also check with the ESU on telephone: (678) 29937 if the person is claiming to be an agent is an approved an agent or not and seek more advice.

The Commissioner of Labour is also warning illegal agents that the Inspectorate Division of the ESU will commence prosecutions early in 2014 on any illegal agents that is being reported to be collecting fees from the general public.

This step is being taken to protect the reputation of the Vanuatu Licensed Agents against the impressions received from certain growers in markets in both New Zealand and Australia.

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