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Fiji – Employment agencies investigated

20 September 2013

The Fijian Ministry of Labour has issued a strong warning to unregistered employment agencies that are offering locals employment outside the country, according to The Fiji Times.

Minister Jone Usamate said that they are now working with the police and immigration department to conduct investigations into complaints raised by the public regarding agencies posing as employment agencies and promising jobs opportunities abroad.

According to Mr Usamate, in order to establish an employment agency in Fiji, approval and registration must be sought from the Ministry of Labour first. “Members of the public have a right to demand for an authorisation certificate from these employment agencies, who are advertising the recruitment of Fijians.”

This is not the first occasion where Fijian recruitment agencies have come under scrutiny. In May 2013 an agreement between a Fijian recruitment agency and individuals in Papua New Guinea came under the spotlight.

Fiji’s High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea, Romanu Tikotikoca reported to Islands Business that it was prudent for recruitment agencies to go through the high Commission in order to verify the credibility of companies intending to source workers from Fiji. 

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