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The Federal Government decision to allow foreign workers with poor English into Australia on low wages will result in less employment, lower wages and more accidents for local workers, according to the Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU).
CFMEU National Secretary Michael O'Connor said today that new "Designated Area Migration Agreements" (DAMAs) would hurt the employment chances of young Australians by allowing employers to use overseas workers to undercut the local labour market.
Construction apprenticeships down by almost a third; shortfall of 3,300 mining apprenticeships
An independent analysis commissioned by the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) has revealed a crisis in Australian apprenticeships, with:
There is no excuse for mining industry jobs to be filled with overseas workers on 457 visas, with government figures showing the industry is not suffering skills shortages, the Miners Union said today.
“Anyone can see that job cuts in Queensland mines over the past year have left many skilled, experienced locals looking for work,” said CFMEU Mining and Energy Queensland President Stephen Smyth.
“The 457 visa scheme needs to catch up with changed employment conditions and make sure Queenslanders aren’t locked out of jobs in the mining industry.”
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