Migrant workers ‘afraid to speak out’

Migrant workers are not protected enough to be able to expose abuse from their employers, a migrant workers' advocate says. Spokesperson for the Union Network of Migrants Dennis Maga says changes to migrant worker rights announced last week are a step in the right direction, but don't address the reason workers are afraid to speak out against their employer. Because their visa was tied to their job, migrants were reluctant to do anything that would affect their ability to keep [...]

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Labour scam sentence sends message about immigration fraud

A legal migrant worker in Blenheim.Immigration New Zealand says the conviction of a Blenheim labour contractor for employing foreign workers to enable them to remain in New Zealand unlawfully shows its intolerance of immigration fraud. Nixon Nixon, who had been employed by Walton Services Ltd, was sentenced in the Blenheim District Court after admitting 11 charges of immigration fraud. He was fined $120 on each charge and sentenced to six months’ community detention and 140 hours of community service. His [...]

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