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Tongan seasonal workers continue working overseas

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 14/10/202

The CEO of the Ministry of Internal Affairs urges more than 2,000 stranded Tongan Seasonal Workers in Australia, to make good use of their time in the fruit picking program in the country, as the status of COVID-19 is not yet clear.

The CEO of the Ministry – Dr Fotu Fisi’iahi says, they are working together with Tongan seasonal workers stranded overseas due to border closures – to make sure that these workers make good use of the opportunity to help their families in response to the impacts of the global pandemic.

It is understood that there are over 2,000 two thousand Tongan seasonal workers currently stranded in Australia with some in New Zealand. A repatriation flight expected later this month for returning some of these workers however, Fotu adds that many have decided to stay behind to continue work as this is the peak season for fruit picking.

The Ministry is working closely with the families of the stranded workers and have provided these families with financial aid due to the financial impacts of COVID-19.

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