A pregnant British immigrant had to leave New Zealand after she was wrongly dismissed from her job and lost her work visa status.
Rozalind Jones was made redundant from Palmco Garden ltd, Kerikeri (Facebook page link) in November 2014 and had to leave New Zealand because her work visa was made invalid. Her situation is a reminder of the perilous position migrants find themselves in when their visas are tied to specific employers, and those employers dump them without warning. They become persona non grata and are made to leave the country, regardless of how settled they are.
In a just-released decision, the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) determined Jones’ dismissal was unjustified, and ordered Palmco to pay her $20,655 in compensation.
Jones started working for Palmco in March 2014. Her duties included gardening, working in the centre’s cafe and shop, and participating in marketing activities. Her troubles began in September 2014 when she broke her ankle after falling into a hole at work.
In October, while recovering from the accident, she was visited at her home by Palmco’s director, *Kristin Lammerting. Jones considered Lammerting a friend and thought the visit was a social one to check on her injury, the ERA said. However, Lammerting told Jones she was being made redundant, and would have been told so on the day she broke her ankle if the accident had not occurred.
Jones alleged Lammerting told her nobody at Palmco liked working with her, and returned all her personal property. She was told that when she returned to work she would be given two weeks’ notice of redundancy. However just three days after Jones’ accident Palmco offered part time work to another woman. Palmco says Jones’ redundancy was justified because the business had more staff than it could afford.
Jones ran into problems after her dismissal because her work visa was only valid for her employment in her position at Palmco. Her attempts to find other work failed because of her visa restrictions. source
Palmco was ordered to pay Ms Jones $14,655 in lost pay and $6,000 in compensation for her unjustified dismissal. However, her visa will not be re-instated and she will have to remain in the UK.
Rozalind Jones’ situation is also a reminder that Immigration New Zealand has a reputation for refusing to renew work visas for women who become pregnant.
Although it’s been a few years (see links below) since a case has made the main stream media, the policy probably still goes on because of the “burden” it places on the NZ health system. This is despite the obvious abuse of human rights.
Our advice to Ms Jones is to take the money, and stay in the UK.
Who is Palmco Garden Limited? (updated)
According to New Zealand’s Companies Office, Palmco Garden Limited became incorporated in March 2014. The Companies Office web page for the business gives under Additional company information: “business classification is H451110 Cafe operation” and states the director is *Kristin Anna LAMMERTING.
The above information makes the discussion screen-shotted below, look rather odd.
Lincoln Tan has written an expose in today’s New Zealand Herald in which he revealed that women on temporary visas are being forced into leaving New Zealand if they fall pregnant.
Sometimes it’s hard to believe that New Zealand was a signatory to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) a United Nations Treaty based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
New Zealand is one of the few countries that didn’t incorporate the ICCPR into law, instead it supposedly gave effect to many of the rights contained within it by passing the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act in 1990.
A report by civil rights lawyers to the United Nations says New Zealand law allows significant human rights failings and breaches of international treaties,
The shadow report written by former Council for Civil Liberties chairman Tony Ellis and a team of lawyers was submitted to the United Nations…read on