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8 Jul 2024

Grace Tinetali-Fiavaai, Radio New Zealand

Solomon Islands: Seasonal workers who filed for unlawful wage deductions await decision from appellate court; incl. co. comments

"Solomon Islands RSE scheme workers await verdict in ongoing trial", 8 July 2024

Three seasonal workers from the Solomon Islands who say their weekly wages were sometimes reduced to zero from deductions are waiting on a Court of Appeal decision on their case.

They claim the deductions were unlawful and filed a lawsuit against their employer, Pick Hawkes Bay, in 2020.


The workers allege that their employer made unauthorised deductions from their wages for wet weather gear and travel costs. They have also contested their work hours.

The RSE workers were employed by Pick Hawke's Bay during the 2018-2019 season and for several years before and after that.

The company's solicitor Jol Bates told RNZ Pacific the company denies exploiting any of its seasonal workers and that the costs deducted were authorised and reasonable.