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Tug Crew Visas to Be Revoked in New Zealand

November 2013, 19
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The maritime union in New Zealand wants the immigrant tug crew work visas to New Zealand revoked. The Rena clean up in New Zealand involves several Global International tug crews.
The union, in a press release by Captain Lew Henderson, who is also the Guild President, stated that there is a situation where Kiwis are facing a high rate of employment, furthermore, helping people to migrate and work in New Zealand under tug crew visas would just aggravate the situation. The union has also raised strong objection with New Zealand Immigration regarding this issue. The union had affirmed that New Zealand Immigration should not issue work visas to New Zealand for foreigners who demands master or officer positions.
Guild's meeting in Tauranga with Resolve Representatives was fruitful, said Mr. Henderson, as assurance was given that the major 14 officer posts available on four salvage vessels won't be advertised. Henderson added that, bringing officers from overseas would see that firms would be paying much lesser than the normal industry rates in New Zealand and stated this as one of the major reasons for not employing New Zealand officers. The excuse such firms go about with is that, you neither get skilled officers locally nor find enough of expertise with them, but all that is not true.
The guild is also monitoring bio-datas of successful candidates who have applied for work visas to New Zealand. There is a need to check the pay rates and expertise of foreign applicants as the on-going projects require officers who are specialized in multiple areas.
Project Manager of Resolve, in a statement provided to Bay of Plenty Times revealed that they only had a work-force of about 44 percent who were migrants, whereas, the remaining percentage added to local hire. He also added that, since the project is highly specialized there should never be a room for any error. Local as well as international hires should go through a series of screening tests before they are finally selected.
Foreigners who wants to apply for tug crews work visa to New Zealand for any such projects can easily get all the visa procedures done through a good New Zealand Immigration consultant, but, they should always keep in mind the fact that such projects are of highly specialized nature and the level of expertise sought for is very high, if there is uncertainty in the level of expertise, then do not apply until sufficient training is acquired.

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