The National Labour Mobility Policy is in the process of review and seeking input from the private sector and employers.
The VCCI has arranged a consultation opportunity for our members, the private sector and employers, for 9am, Friday 26 May 2023. You can attend this consultation via the following Zoom link on the details below:
Topic: VCCI Consultation – National Labour Mobility Policy
Time: May 26, 2023 09:00 AM Pacific/Efate
Meeting ID: 841 4125 1285
If you are unable to attend the meeting, you can send through your individual comments and feedback directly to this link by 5pm 26 May 2023: https://actemp.syd1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_dchoju8pa8lmgTk
A summary of areas relevant to private sector interest is below:
- National Labour Mobility Supply Management Strategy – Pillar 3 of the Policy focuses on developing this to direct the recruitment of labour mobility workers to areas where the opportunities will have the most impact (e.g. rural Vanuatu, women, sectors with skills gaps that can link to the opportunities). Diversion of recruitment away from workers currently employed in the private sector or public service is intended to be included in the development of this Strategy.
- Reintegration – there are currently limited reintegration initiatives for labour mobility workers (Agriculture support & VLAB Yumi-groem Vanuatu). This includes limited identification of career development, investment or entrepreneur goals connected to their participation in the schemes. The Policy proposes additional support to workers pre-departure, more training/skills development opportunities overseas, and better support to realise their goals on return to Vanuatu – It is proposed that additional resources are dedicated to this and business support services (e.g. through the VCCI) are engaged to develop pilot projects in specific sectors with skills shortages to assess the potential for growth through the labour mobility programmes.
- Notice periods and severance – in Annex III of the draft Policy, you will find a recommendation that the Government clarify eligibility requirements for participation in the programmes for employed workers (private sector and public service), as well as confirm the notice of resignation requirements and their links to severance entitlements.