Because this farmer says you are.
According to Mr Bloem, who is a long term pig farmer, productivity has soared since he employed Filipino workers at its Highcliff piggery and his operation is producing an extra 1500 pigs a year from the same number of sows.
He had become frustrated with New Zealand workers who were “lazy, unmotivated and didn’t want to go the extra mile to learn anything”.
“In the end, I had nothing to lose,” he said.
This farmer was given a contact in the Phillipines through his pig-breeding company, and the contact’s uncle, brother-in-law and nephew came to work on the property about 2007.
Two of the Filipino workers remain on the property, while a third has moved on but has been replaced. Mr Bloem says they were all quick learners and very motivated to get excellence performance.
Mr Bloem says that in all his years as a pig farmer, there were probably only four or five staff that he would previously have considered worthwhile to send for further training. He encouraged training and one of his Filipino workers, Jimmy Malit, recently achieved a herd manager qualification through industry training organisation AgITO.
I don’t doubt Mr Bloem’s claim that the Pork Industry is tough going. And I have no doubt that Filipino workers are motivated to work hard and do well so they can stay in New Zealand.
But additional questions for Mr Bloem I have include :
- How much do you pay your workers?
- How do you treat your workers?
- How do you help ensure they have a future in the industry they can be part of, and proud of?
I’m not prejudging the answers. I’m just saying that in my experience, NZ (and all) workers are only “lazy and unmotivated” where they are paid poorly and treated badly.
Or have I got that wrong? Should they just be grateful to have a job?
I have no problem with skilled overseas workers coming to work in New Zealand. But we need to ask questions where workers from other countries are doing the work no New Zealander will do because of low wages and poor treatment.