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Seasonal workers still not expectd in Victoria for two months, industry says

Farmers in need of seasonal workers.

By Portal Admin - 1st February 2021 - Back to News

Victorian farmers still wont have access to seasonal workers for at least eight weeks as backlog of seasonal workers in Tasmania continues.

Workers will be available over the first half of 2021

The Andrews Labor Government today announced a pathway for 1500 workers to come into Victoria, it follows 12 months of industry calls for a solution. In contrast, Daniel Andrews has prioritised 1200 players and staff for Februarys Australian Open. Our growers needed these workers months ago but today the Andrews Government today confirmed workers will only be made available "over the first half of 2021".

Doubts on Labors step to address horticulture manpower problems

Theres still no detail on how much of the bill the agriculture industry will be forced to foot, raising serious questions as to the viability of Labors long overdue announcement. Daniel Andrews could have adopted industrys proposal in October last year to quarantine workers at a purpose-built facility in Mildura, but instead denied farmers the workers they desperately needed. Labor has risked our $8.5 billion horticulture industry, despite finding a way to open our state to a tennis tournament that brings in $387 million.

Longer wait for workers to arrive, farm produce to rot

Industry is predicting a further eight-week wait for these workers to actually arrive in Victoria, meaning more growers will have to make the heartbreaking decision to destroy their livelihood or leave high-quality fruit and vegetables to rot. Farmers who have already been forced to watch a years work ploughed into the ground arent celebrating this announcement theyre demanding an explanation of why Daniel Andrews didnt act sooner.


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