picking fruits in Australia?

Home Forums The Chatterbox picking fruits in Australia?

This topic contains 39 replies, has 13 voices, and was last updated by Avatar of Darony Darony 3 years, 2 months ago.

Viewing 10 posts - 1 through 10 (of 40 total)
  • Author
    Posts
  • #1629995
    Avatar of Darony
    Darony
    Participant

    Last year, a friend of mine in PP told me she wanted to go to Australia to work at a vine yard picking grapes. She said there’s a sponsor who will arrange everything and will take half of the money she earns during that 6 months( the visa only lasts 6 months?). She calculated the income n said it’s not worth it, so she didn’t go.
    Now another friend also wants to go. I told her about my first friend, but she said the owner of the farm can sponsor her and will not take half of the money. I asked her if that’s true? bcoz base on my common sense, they might hire u if u r already therre, but I don’t think they would sponsor ppl from Cambodia…that’s a lot of work, and that’s where the middleman comes in. She said she’s not sure either.

    If you guys know anything related to this matter, please help give some inputs. Thanks in advance!

    Let the Refining and Improving of your own life keep you so busy that you have little time to criticize others
    #1629996
    Avatar of Kadin
    Kadin
    Moderator

    Your first friend:
    I don’t understand why the sponsor took half of her pay check for six months.
    These are rhetorical questions:

    Was the total deducted from her pay equivalent to the cost of getting her there? + food +room and board?
    how much was the total cost of getting her there?
    How much was she paid each month?
    How many hours did she work each day?

    If the sponsor doesn’t take her pay, she might need to pay for the visa, flight ticket (2 ways) room/board and the cost of living while she stays there.

    I haven’t read about fruit pickers in AUS.
    However, I read about something similar to this.
    And it wasn’t all that great for the workers.
    Most of the time, they’re in a disadvantage position.

    I’ll find a few articles for you tomorrow.

    I’m too sleepy right now :D

    [i]Originally posted by Darony[/i]
    Last year, a friend of mine in PP told me she wanted to go to Australia to work at a vine yard picking grapes. She said there’s a sponsor who will arrange everything and will take half of the money she earns during that 6 months( the visa only lasts 6 months?). She calculated the income n said it’s not worth it, so she didn’t go.
    Now another friend also wants to go. I told her about my first friend, but she said the owner of the farm can sponsor her and will not take half of the money. I asked her if that’s true? bcoz base on my common sense, they might hire u if u r already therre, but I don’t think they would sponsor ppl from Cambodia…that’s a lot of work, and that’s where the middleman comes in. She said she’s not sure either.

    If you guys know anything related to this matter, please help give some inputs. Thanks in advance!

    [Message last modified 06-07-2011 03:04pm by Kadin]

    បានចូលសាលា មានសញ្ញាប្រ័ត មិន ប្រាកដថាមានសមត្ថភាពក្នុងកិច្ចការ នោះទេ
    #1629997
    Avatar of Darony
    Darony
    Participant

    [i]Originally posted by Kadin[/i]
    Your first friend:
    I don’t understand why the sponsor took half of her pay check for six months.
    [b](a sponsor who will arrange everything and will take half of the money she earns during that 6 months)[/b]

    These are rhetorical questions:

    Was the total deducted from her pay equivalent to the cost of getting her there? + food +room and board?
    how much was the total cost of getting her there?
    How much was she paid each month?
    How many hours did she work each day?

    [b]I don’t know, I’m hoping to get feedbacks… [/b]

    Let the Refining and Improving of your own life keep you so busy that you have little time to criticize others
    #1629998
    Avatar of Panh04
    Panh04
    Participant

    I hope she isn’t planning to carry any illegal substance to Australia…I heard so many stories about this operation, where sponsor asked them to carry or conceal (put drug into their body)….anyway be careful…no body give you free money!

    Did the sponsor pay for plane ticket and place to stay? I guess it’s why they take half of her income.

    [i]Originally posted by Darony[/i]
    Last year, a friend of mine in PP told me she wanted to go to Australia to work at a vine yard picking grapes. She said there’s a sponsor who will arrange everything and will take half of the money she earns during that 6 months( the visa only lasts 6 months?). She calculated the income n said it’s not worth it, so she didn’t go.
    Now another friend also wants to go. I told her about my first friend, but she said the owner of the farm can sponsor her and will not take half of the money. I asked her if that’s true? bcoz base on my common sense, they might hire u if u r already therre, but I don’t think they would sponsor ppl from Cambodia…that’s a lot of work, and that’s where the middleman comes in. She said she’s not sure either.

    If you guys know anything related to this matter, please help give some inputs. Thanks in advance!

    #1629999
    Avatar of leang_grel
    leang_grel
    Participant

    Ask them:

    Who get to keep your passport ? you or sponsor.

    I don’t know about Australian labor law, but in the US, the farm workers make alot less than minimum wage, as in $2 or $3 dollars per hour. Air fare, room and board, paper work, middle man commission and taxes might take alot longer than six months to make it even.

    Ask if this kind of labor is subjected to Australian labor law, if it is, it is good. Sometime workers do not get pay.

    Also ask if they are going directly to Australia or stop somewhere else. if it stop somewhere else, it is human trafficking.

    a few years back there was alot of chinese carried cambodian passports got stuck and stopped at panana on their way to US.

    you got to find out if the sponsor is legitimate, by asking for references from current and former workers.

    Good luck!!!!! Damn not going to complain about my job anymore.

    #1630000
    Avatar of
    Anonymous

    If it’s too good to be true, it probably isn’t. Follow that simple rule in life & you won’t get screwed by cons, liars, thieves, or just evil bastards out there.

    #1630001
    Avatar of Mercury
    Mercury
    Participant

    I did some produce picking in BC and we got paid by the bucket. Like…10 dollars a bucket…that’s just an example, can’t remember how much it really was.
    So..if you friend is really good and fast at picking, she might make alot of money.
    But for some reason, it seems sketchy to me.

    #1630002
    Avatar of Kadin
    Kadin
    Moderator

    the sponsor took half of the salary.
    You should ask your friend the rhetorical questions I listed.
    She’d know. It’s best to hear it from the horse’s mouth.

    Was the deducted amount the reimbursement for what the sponsor put out or was the amount deducted excess the cost of getting her there?

    about the 6 months.
    Picking fruit is a seasonal job. My guess is a 6-month visa is good enough.

    here a couple articles:

    http://cpcabrisbane.org/Kasama/2006/V20n4/LHMUNews.htm

    http://www.amnesty.org.au/news/comments/117/

    [i]Originally posted by Darony[/i]
    [quote]
    [i]Originally posted by Kadin[/i]
    Your first friend:
    I don’t understand why the sponsor took half of her pay check for six months.
    [b](a sponsor who will arrange everything and will take half of the money she earns during that 6 months)[/b]

    These are rhetorical questions:

    Was the total deducted from her pay equivalent to the cost of getting her there? + food +room and board?
    how much was the total cost of getting her there?
    How much was she paid each month?
    How many hours did she work each day?

    [b]I don’t know, I’m hoping to get feedbacks… [/b]

    [/quote]

    [Message last modified 06-08-2011 12:54am by Kadin]

    បានចូលសាលា មានសញ្ញាប្រ័ត មិន ប្រាកដថាមានសមត្ថភាពក្នុងកិច្ចការ នោះទេ
    #1630003
    Avatar of Mercury
    Mercury
    Participant

    Oh…kadin….you never read things clearly before responding. :p
    She said her friend did not go through with it. :p

    #1630004
    Avatar of Kadin
    Kadin
    Moderator

    hahahah oh man. I messed up again.
    thanks.

    I read it last night. I didn’t read it again today.

    but, the friend would still have some of the answers.
    she DID the calculation.

    [i]Originally posted by Mercury-Star[/i]
    Oh…kadin….you never read things clearly before responding. :p
    She said her friend did not go through with it. :p

    [Message last modified 06-08-2011 01:07am by Kadin]

    បានចូលសាលា មានសញ្ញាប្រ័ត មិន ប្រាកដថាមានសមត្ថភាពក្នុងកិច្ចការ នោះទេ
Viewing 10 posts - 1 through 10 (of 40 total)