The strong demand for people who can work in the construction industry means there are currently thousands of overseas workers in New Zealand helping to build much-needed homes. But the work visas that these people are given expose them to greater risk of exploitation.
The Government has committed to do more to protect migrant workers. That's why we're asking the Government to issue longer work visas and spare migrant workers from uncertainty and pressure of immigration costs.
To the Hon Iain Lees-Galloway - Minister of Immigration
I implore you to start issuing 3-year work visas to migrant workers in the construction industry. We also need you to introduce better pay rates and regulation of pastoral care providers to address the current living conditions of many of migrant workers.
The contribution migrant workers make to Aotearoa-New Zealand’s housing and construction needs is invaluable. By making these three changes - 3 year visas, better pay rates, and regulation of pastoral care providers - you will support their vital contribution to our country by protecting them from exploitation, undue stress, uncertainty and the heavy cost of visa and consultancy fees.