Ministry To Reject Work Permits In Reserved Occupations

The Minister of Internal Affairs, Mr Andrew Napuat, has sounded out a warning to companies that bring in foreign labourers that his ministry will no longer entertain such trend.

Mr Napuat stated this after his opinion was sought on companies that bring in foreign workers to do jobs that ni-Vanuatu can do.

He said if employers go to the Department of Labour they will see a list of reserved occupations.

Mr Napuat said he has seen forms that were filled and most of them were that of general manager positions.

"You can't have 20 general managers in one company.

"What is happening is our agencies and people looking after compliance are not doing their jobs.

"At the end of the day the Ministry of Internal Affairs gets the blame.

"This is something that i can't do on my own and my ministry cannot do it on its own," the minister said as he appealed for cooperation from the public.

He said all work permit applications by foreign nationals to work in reserved occupations will be rejected.

Only those that are technical will be allowed.

Napuat said whoever is entertaining such people should come forward and assist the operation that officers under his ministry are undertaking.

The minister told Kizzy Kalsakau from 96 FM Night News that the next parliament sitting will discuss changes to the labour laws, in particular to address localisation issues.

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