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Marshall Islands Loining Plant Needs Tuna Cleaners From Kiribati Marshall Islands, September 13, 13

Impacted by a labor shortage in its only tuna loining factory, Marshall Islands is considering getting workers from Kiribati to fill the void. The Pan Pacific Factory requires 400 employees for one shift, but currently often only has 140.

Plant Manager, Don Xu says that the problem is so severe that the company wants to bring in 30 workers from Kiribati as a trial project. Eventually Xu wants to run two shifts, which would mean needing 800 staff.

Tony deBrum, the minister in assistance to the President of the Marshall Islands says that if workers from Kiribati want to become employed in the Marshall Islands there should not be any immigration restrictions and that the government would like to see alliances within the region for better movement for jobs and opportunities.