Reports Of Fijian Worker Exploitation In New Zealand Investigated

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Agricultural workers allegedly paid little, forced to sleep on garage floor

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, Sept. 11, 2014) – Eight Fijians are believed to have been victims of exploitation in New Zealand where they worked for much less than they were promised and slept on the garage floor.

The Bay of Plenty Times reports the eight people were lured to work in kiwifruit orchards with promise to earn between $15 and $17 per hour, but they claimed to have ended up with $190 after six weeks work - far less than the $F4250 they claimed to have spent to get to New Zealand of which $2000 was paid to an agent to arrange visas and $1080 for air fares.

Instead of the promised one bedroom per person accommodation, they said they ended up paying $80 each out of their wages each week to sleep on a garage floor.

The eight had to seek help from the Salvation Army.

New Zealand Police, Immigration New Zealand, Labour Inspectors are reportedly investigating the case.

Meanwhile, the person who was identified by the Fijians as their employer reportedly denied he was the person under investigation.

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