The Seasonal Worker Program is in full swing at Newton Brothers Orchards in Manjimup.
This is the fourth year Newton Brothers have employed seasonal workers from Tonga, many of whom have been back each year and are very experienced.
WA employers using the scheme are impressed by the strong work ethic and general demeanour of the workers which can also lift the productivity of their backpacker workforce. The workers return home between seasons and many have used their income to improve their standard of living, for example having electricity connected at home.
The Seasonal Worker Program is available to approved Australian horticulture employers and seasonal workers from eight Pacific island countries, bringing them together for 14 weeks to six months seasonal work. Employers may manage the arrangements themselves or use approved labour hire companies.
Picture thanks to Jackie Jarvis MADEC Harvest Labour Services
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