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Seasonal workers from Samoa sing from the hotel’s quarantine balconies

Beautiful moment 200 Samoans sing a traditional Christian hymn from their hotel’s quarantine balconies as a ‘thank you’ to Australia as they prepare to fly out for farm work

  • Samoan workers in hotel quarantine have sung a song of thanks for Australia
  • The heartwarming moment was captured on video and shared on Wednesday
  • Workers are quarantined and tested for Covid before working on farms

The heartwarming moment as hundreds of seasonal workers from Samoa stand on the balconies of their quarantine hotel and sing a traditional Christian hymn as ‘thank you’ to Australia has been captured on video.

The contingent of about 200 workers arrived in Hobart two weeks ago and will complete their isolation period and will start working on farms across the country in the coming days.

The clip shows every balcony in front of the Best Western hotel filled with Samoans singing in unison as workers and spectators in the street below stop to listen.

The Samoans sang a rendition of Chris Tomlin’s gospel classic ‘How great is our God’ in their native language.

The contingent of Samoan workers flew out of the capital Apia on July 14 (pictured) and had to perform Covid tests before departure and on arrival

The contingent of Samoan workers flew out of the capital Apia on July 14 (pictured) and had to perform Covid tests before departure and on arrival

#LOOK #Quarantine “Guy came to this hotel and played some nice traditional songs to give them moral support” #samoatiktok #australiatiktok #covid #covid19 V/C Hemal Dangar TikTok 18juli2021

Posted by Radio Samoa On Tuesday 20 July 2021

A clip of the beautiful moment has been liked by nearly 10,000 people since Wednesday and many people said they were impressed by the positive attitude of the guests.

‘They create a special atmosphere when you walk past them. Such happy people waving and chatting to each other without hurting anyone. Well done to the team at the hotel too,” said one person.

‘Thank you. You are warmly welcome to our state and our country. Very uplifting and made our family laugh,” added another.

“Lovely people who are willing to go into quarantine without a fuss and work on the farms so that we have fresh food and fruit on our tables,” said a third.

Australian High Commissioner for Samoa Emily Luck (pictured right at Apia airport as workers flew out) said the "hardworking group would gain valuable skills while supporting their community"

Australian High Commissioner for Samoa Emily Luck (pictured right at Apia airport as workers flew out) said the "hardworking group would gain valuable skills while supporting their community"

Australian High Commissioner for Samoa Emily Luck (pictured right at Apia airport as workers flew out) said the ‘hardworking group would gain valuable skills while supporting their community’

The Victorian government has signed a deal to bring in 1,500 Pacific workers who will be quarantined in Tasmania and required to undergo a Covid negative test before flying to Victoria.

In return, the Victorian government will assist Tasmania with their commitment to return 330 Australians who are abroad and quarantine them in Victorian facilities.

Some people who commented on the clip said they really hoped the Samoans were “paid well” for their work.

Those flying to Australia under the Pacific Labor Scheme are entitled to the same rights as Australian workers – including the minimum wage.

They also fall under Fair Work Australia and can contact the ombudsman with questions about working in the country.

They are also guaranteed a certain number of working hours per week and their visa cannot be canceled by employers in Australia participating in the scheme.

The first group of 320 seasonal workers under the Pacific Labor Scheme arrived in Tasmania in March.

Samoan health authorities said on Thursday that about 14 percent of the Pacific island’s population has been fully vaccinated.

Samoan workers flooded the balconies of their Hobart quarantine hotel to sing a song of thanks to their hosts (pictured)

Samoan workers flooded the balconies of their Hobart quarantine hotel to sing a song of thanks to their hosts (pictured)

Samoan workers flooded the balconies of their Hobart quarantine hotel to sing a song of thanks to their hosts (pictured)

Their vaccination program has been conducted using AstraZeneca vaccines from Australia and an upcoming shipment of Pfizer vaccines from New Zealand.

“Australia will continue to promote the COVID-safe recruitment of Samoan workers to help address critical staff shortages in rural and regional communities.” Australian High Commissioner for Samoa Emily Luck told the Samoa Observer.

“The hard-working group will gain skills as they support their families and communities in Samoa,” she said.

The contingent of workers at Apia airport before flying to Australia (pictured)

The contingent of workers at Apia airport before flying to Australia (pictured)

The contingent of workers at Apia airport before flying to Australia (pictured)

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