Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 

Industry Welcomes Clamp Down on Illegal Practices

Media Release
7 December 2006

Horticulture Industry Welcomes Clamp Down on Illegal Practices

New Zealand’s $2.6 billion export horticulture industry is welcoming news that the Department of Labour is clamping down on employers flouting immigration and labour laws, according to Horticulture New Zealand (HortNZ)’s Chief Executive, Peter Silcock.

“HortNZ is very concerned that a few bad employers operating illegally may give the industry a bad name at a time when we are trying to attract more people into seasonal work,” says Mr Silcock.

“Growers are facing critical labour shortages so most of the industry is working very hard at finding new ways to attract and retain people. We are promoting work opportunities for New Zealanders and have worked with Government to establish systems that enable growers to recruit off-shore and to legally employ people who are in New Zealand as overseas visitors when there are no New Zealanders available.”

Mr Silcock went on to say that, in the face of severe labour shortages, the whole industry has put in an extra effort to improve employment practices and invest in training to attract and retain people.

“New Zealand’s horticulture industry has transformed over the past five years as employment practices have improved and become a lot more professional but like any industry we have some employers who don’t play by the rules and they do need to be bought to account,” said Mr Silcock.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Media Mega Merger: StuffMe Hearing Argues Over Moveable Feast

New Zealand's two largest news publishers are appealing against the Commerce Commission's rejection of the proposal to merge their operations. More>>

Elsewhere:


Approval: Northern Corridor Decision Released

The approval gives the green light to construction of the last link of Auckland’s Western Ring Route, providing an alternative route from South Auckland to the North Shore. More>>

ALSO:


Crown Accounts: $4.1 Billion Surplus

The New Zealand Government has achieved its third fiscal surplus in a row with the Crown accounts for the year ended 30 June 2017 showing an OBEGAL surplus of $4.1 billion, $2.2 billion stronger than last year, Finance Minister Steven Joyce says. More>>

ALSO:

Mycoplasma Bovis: One New Property Tests Positive

The newly identified property... was already under a Restricted Place notice under the Biosecurity Act. More>>

Accounting Scandal: Suspension Of Fuji Xerox From All-Of-Government Contract

General Manager of New Zealand Government Procurement John Ivil says, “FXNZ has been formally suspended from the Print Technology and Associated Services (PTAS) contract and terminated from the Office Supplies contract.” More>>