Labour Department yet to receive report on SWP worker in car accident

Vanuatu’s Department of Labour has yet to receive an official report on the car accident involving a Ni-Vanuatu seasonal worker in Australia last weekend.

It was alleged the worker was driving a vehicle without a valid driving licence and has been detained by police.

“Our officials are working on obtaining a direct report from Australia on the alleged car accident, although we have seen photos of the same accident that was said to have taken place in south Australia,” Labour Commissioner, Murielle Meltenoven told Daily Post.

This is not the first time that a Ni-Vanuatu seasonal worker in Australia drove a vehicle without a valid licence, and there have been similar past car accidents.

Seasonal workers have been cautioned not to drive if they don’t have authorized valid driving licences in Australia and New Zealand on numerous occasions. The opportunity for the Ni-Vans to work in Australia and New Zealand remains a source of earning much needed income to build a better life for participating ni-Vanuatu and their families.

“You are Vanuatu ambassadors. Make sure you uphold your integrity and respect for yourself, your family, your government and your country,” is the advice always stressed by Commissioner Meltenoven every time she farewells Ni-Vans departing for seasonal work in both Australia and New Zealand.

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