10 December 2008
Farmers back probation period for new employees
Federated Farmers is backing the proposed 90-day probation period for new employees announced in yesterday’s speech from the Throne. The probation period will give farmers the opportunity to employ staff they may not have considered previously.
“Agriculture needs motivated and talented staff and this change will really help,” said Frank Brenmuhl, Federated Farmers employment spokesperson.
“Farming is one of the best careers a person can choose as it can lead to many varied careers opportunities. Potential staff may think their lack of experience counts against them. This change means people with no agricultural experience can apply for the many opportunities that exist in our industry.
“In our business the right attitude and a willingness to work are key ingredients to success. The proposed change will create new employment opportunities and we hope people will take them up. That’s a huge boon to the employment market and more so, given the current economic climate.
“Farming is a unique employment situation in that accommodation is normally supplied by the employer. This means compatibility is crucial from both sides. The proposed probationary period will enable the employee, as well as the employer, to trial a working relationship. This treats the employment relationship as one between equals.
“We applaud the new government on this move. The bottom line is that the unions don’t create jobs, employers do,” Mr Brenmuhl concluded.