Work visa changes putting New Zealanders first

Published: Tue 17 Sep 2019 04:12 PM
New Zealand First is today applauding the announcement of a new temporary work visa process. This new system will prioritise New Zealand workers while ensuring temporary foreign workers can be recruited to fill genuine regional and sector shortages.
“New Zealand First has consistently advocated for the need to focus our efforts on training and employing New Zealanders in our workforce wherever possible,” says New Zealand First Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters.
“After months of consultation, the Coalition Government has refined the work visa process, including strengthening the labour market test for lower-paid workers, and introducing a new employer-led visa framework that will drive the application process for overseas workers.
“Under the new system employers will need to be accredited to participate, and Regional Skills Leadership Groups will be used to ensure the full utilisation of the local labour market.
“This straightforward process takes out all the unnecessary bureaucracy, replacing six visa categories with one temporary work visa, and will result in a better organised workforce and training systems for our nation’s future.
“This is a significant shift away from the previous National Government’s open borders approach to work visas that resulted in poor workforce planning for the country’s future, New Zealanders being overlooked for work roles, and exploitation of overseas workers.
“We look forward to seeing this system roll out in conjunction with other changes to our workforce planning to improve the landscape of training and employment for New Zealanders,” says Mr Peters.

Next in New Zealand politics

Government announces plan to tackle problem plastics
By: New Zealand Government
On The New Lockdowns, Leadership And Lebanon
By: Gordon Campbell
National Selects Emma Mellow As Auckland Central Candidate
By: New Zealand National Party
Update on New Zealand and the Cook Islands travel bubble
By: New Zealand Government
Speech: Ardern - Let’s Keep Moving - 2020 Election Campaign Launch
By: New Zealand Labour Party
On Political Twins, And On Labour Extending Its Wage Subsidy Scheme
By: Gordon Campbell
Democracy 2.0 Delivered In Aotearoa NZ: NextElection Partners With Scoop For Exciting Democracy Tech
By: The Scoop Editors
Overall, 82% Trust Pandemic’s Management – Down From 91%
By: Horizon Research Limited
National Releases 2020 Party List
By: New Zealand National Party
How Judith Collins stopped the bleeding
By: Horizon Research Limited
Your Vote 2020: Bringing Election Coverage To Viewers Across TVNZ Channels And Platforms
30% Believe Households Worse Off, 298,000 Expect To Lose Jobs
By: Horizon Research Limited
Findings Of Investigation Into COVID-19 Active Cases Privacy Breach
By: State Services Commission
New Zealand suspends extradition treaty with Hong Kong
By: New Zealand Government
WasteMINZ Pleased To See Phase Out Of Single-use Plastic Items
By: WasteMINZ
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILE © Scoop Media