60 more Fiji bus drivers leave for NZ

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Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Trade, Cooperatives, SMEs and Communication, Manoa Kamikamica (pictured) says if the Opposition members of parliament “decide to run away, that’s their business.Picture:

About 60 more bus drivers are expected to leave Fiji for New Zealand in the coming week.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Trade Manoa Kamikamica made the remark while appearing on an interview with Radio Tarana in New Zealand this week.

This comes as the Fiji Bus Operators Association (FBOA) expressed its concern about the number of bus drivers leaving the country.

“I don’t want to steal the thunder of the Labour Minister because that’s his area, he’ll of course recommend to Cabinet what to do,” he said.

“I think we also need to accelerate the training of the next batch of workers in Fiji and you know we’re talking about apprenticeship schemes, talking about introducing short courses to get people up and running in jobs and then overlaying that with some on-the-job training.

“So the issue now is even bus drivers are being pulled from Fiji. There’s apparently 60 bus drivers coming from Fiji to New Zealand next week.”

He said there were already migrant workers in the country, and this could be one of the temporary, short and medium-term solutions to the labour issue in the country.

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