Post Typhoon Message for Dairy Workers21 November 2013
NEW ZEALAND – A message of support and sympathy has been broadcast by Dairy New Zealand to the typhoon struck Filipino community, in recognition of their plight and contribution to farming.
Chair of the industry group, John Luxton, voiced farmer concerns for Filipino morale this week, stating that support will be necessary to help worker stress level following a ‘hectic spring’.
Filipino’s are essential to the sector, making up eight per cent of the New Zealand workforce, explained Mr Luxton.
"They are working on farms all around the country but many are based in Canterbury and Southland. This is a busy time on farms so we are conscious that this may be adding to their stress levels.”
He added: “I'd urge any workers who have been affected to talk to their employers as they will want to help them as much as they can. I know a lot of support has already been shown by farmers.”
Dairy New Zealand has been in contact with the Filipino Dairy Workers in New Zealand group to assist in support.
Farmers are welcome to seek advice on how to manage workers at this time, added Mr Luxton. Money can be donated to the New Zealand Red Cross.
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