Australia’s largest berry producer condemned for allowing Tongan seasonal workers to live in slum-like conditions

Fakaanga’i lahi ‘a hono hanga ‘e he kautaha ngaahi fua’i peli lahi taha ‘a ‘Aostelēlia ‘oku ‘iloa ko e Costa ‘o fale ha kau ngāue toli fakafa’ahi ta’u ‘e toko 70 kau ai ha kau Tonga ‘i ha ‘api ‘oku fu’u ‘efi’efi ki he nofo tokolahi’. Kuo tukuaki’i kuo pā’usi’i ‘e he kautaha’ ni e Totonu ‘A e Tangata’ mo maumau’i ‘a hono fatongia ki he kau ngāue’. Kuo fokotu’u atu foki ke tautea’i ‘a e Costa. Kuo ui ai ha sino ma’umafai he fonua ki he pule’anga fakatahataha’ ke toe fakakaukau’i ‘ene founga ‘oku ‘oange’aki ‘a e kau ngāue fakafa’ahi ta’u mei muli’.

A number of Tongans in Australia who are there on that country’s Seasonal Worker Programme were part of 70 workers housed in a single home in Tasmania. The property in which they were living in has been described as “slum-like” and their employer, Costa, “are taking advantage of vulnerable people for profit.” Their treatment amounts…


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