A possie in Aussie

February 26, 2009

Employers of temporary workers see a soft touch

Filed under: 457 visas — Nayano @ 7:30 am
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Andrew at the Bewildered Herd has posted a carefully researched article that concludes that, despite claims of the Immigration Department to the contrary, the number of 457 visa holders in Australia is not falling as the labour market deteriorates, but their pay is. (See the monthly summary of the 457 visa program and data released by the ABS, both released on 25 February.)  They are not receiving pay increases in line with other workers.

Andrew says

“Migrant workers should not be targeted for retrenchment in front of Australian workers (although this is what the Government has suggested should happen), they should be treated as equals. In contrast to this, it appears that employers are keeping those workers on 457 visas while sacking other workers. The reason for this is not that employers have a soft spot for 457 visa holders, but rather they recognise the power that they have over 457 visa holders, predominantly because these workers rely on their employers not only for a wage, but their presence in Australia”.

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