Australian Federal Police have interviewed one of the two workers moving from farm to farm in Victoria, Australia, and released him while the ringleader is still hiding from the police.
The Commissioner of Labour Lionel Kaluat says they have not broken Australian law so they are free at this stage as long as their Australian visa is valid.
But the Commissioner is appealing to the families of the two men to encourage them to come home before their Australian visa expires in June.
The Commissioner warns that Australian border control is clear that any illegal person caught in Australia and deported stands to lose all his earnings.
“Whatever money he has earned will be confiscated as asset of the state and sent home with not a single cent,” he says.
“We have received confirmation that the two men have returned to their former workplace to try to persuade more workers to follow them without success so they are now banned from talking to the workers.”
He congratulates the team leaders for being tough on the duo and reminds all workers in Australia to honour their contracts with their employers to keep the image of Vanuatu clean.
Regarding the three workers who heard the Commissioner’s call and returned home, he says they said sorry for their behaviour so their situation will be reviewed.