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March 3, 2021

Labor Department to Establish Overseas Missions

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The Department of Labor and Industrial Relations is on a mission to establish its overseas missions.

The idea is to help in mobility of seasonal workers working abroad.

Ken Newman Kennedy will be the department’s first overseas rep to be based in New Zealand.

Secretary for Labor and Industrial Relations George Vaso describes Ken Newman Kennedy’s appointment as timely.

Mr. Vaso said there is a need for more overseas missions to serve the interests of seasonal workers abroad.

Currently New Zealand has the highest number of seasonal workers from Papua New Guinea.

And it was only fitting for the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations to set up office there.

With the new role comes new challenges, but Mr. Kennedy is prepared for it.

Mobility is one of the many issues face by seasonal workers from Papua New Guinea.

Mr. Kennedy hopes to address this.

Mr. Vaso said this is just the beginning of its expansion program into the international scene.

He urged his labor officers to see Mr. Kennedy’s appointment as an encouragement to help them strive for success to represent the department abroad.


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