Workers in the Pacific

Trade, labour mobility and development in the Pacific

Public meeting
Monday 16 November at 6 pm

Meeting room 1, Ground floor, Trades Hall, Lygon Street, Carlton.

The Australian government has been pushing for greater regional economic integration in the Pacific islands, and promoting a regional trade agreement known as PACER-Plus. But what will free trade and increased overseas investment mean for workers and local communities in the Pacific? What are the costs and benefits of increased labour mobility in the Pacific and seasonal work schemes which provide access for Pacific workers to the Australian and New Zealand labour markets?

Speakers include:
Maureen Penjueli (Fiji) - Coordinator, Pacific Network on Globalisation (PANG)
John Salong (Vanuatu) - Director, Vanuatu Women’s Development Scheme (VANWODS)

Join us to hear from two leading campaigners for trade justice in the Pacific:

Maureen Penjueli from Fiji is co-ordinator of the Pacific Network on Globalisation (PANG), which links regional community, church and women’s organisations to raise awareness about the social, cultural and economic impacts of PACER-Plus and free trade in the Pacific.

John Salong from Vanuatu is director of the Vanuatu Women's Development Scheme (VANWODS), a non-government microfinance group, which provides disadvantaged women with access to credit and income earning opportunities. John has been active in the debate about remittances, seasonal labour mobility and development options for rural communities in Vanuatu.

For further information contact: Gary Lee (Aidwatch) on (02) 95578944 or Nic Maclellan on 0421840100.