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Monday, June 25, 2007

Migrant sweat makes the wine taste sweeter


Alt Tv/Fleet FM Breakfast News
Migrant sweat makes the wine taste sweeter
There have been warnings to the wine industry from those trying to help foreign workers who say they were lured to New Zealand with promises, only to find themselves overworked, underpaid and living in crowded accommodation. There are at least 100 contractors and some unionists claim legal migrants are getting paid as little as $4 an hour. "They're usually too scared to run an official like the police or a government department in case they get deported," says unionist Steve McManus. With the wine industry needing 5000 seasonal workers each year the pressure to push the labour laws by some wineries seems too much to resist. Who would have thunk it, in NZ in the year 2007 that glass of NZ wine you’re enjoying has been made possible by sweet shop migrant labour, cheers.

5 Comments:

At 25/6/07 9:23 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And why not, they want to come to our beautiful non violent, non corrupt country to enjoy a little fresh Nz air, Let them work if they want to. There are too many bludgers on the dole or DPB who wouldnt do this type of work. Perhaps the Rottwieller Bradford would coerce them into working so our visitors wouldnt have to.
But then we wouldnt want to ask her she would make it law and we couldnt have that now could we.

 
At 25/6/07 10:48 am, Blogger bomber said...

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At 25/6/07 11:54 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What the F*&%$ has that to do with employing overseas people who want to earn a living to keep overpaid politicians & bearuocrats in a job, or ar you just off on another one of your stupid anti police things again. Get life fat boy.

 
At 25/6/07 12:15 pm, Blogger bomber said...

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Wow, that is some pent up talkback rage you have there - how you manage to compare the wine industry exploiting people to "There are too many bludgers on the dole or DPB who wouldnt do this type of work. Perhaps the Rottwieller Bradford would coerce them into working so our visitors wouldnt have to. astound me. Perhaps you have some issues you need to work out, as exploiting people for wine isn't really what NZ is about, and trying to defend the action with some barking at Sue Bradford seems churlish.

 
At 25/6/07 12:35 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is an issue about illegal immigrants as much as it is about underpaying them.

If people are going to come over here illegally they don't have a leg to stand on with regards to the minimum wage requirement. They can't go to the employment court without being sprung and quite likely sent home. I guess that is their choice. It's a shame the wine makers (I'd be surprised if that's the only industry) are taking advantage of them but ...

NS

 

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