A possie in Aussie

April 11, 2009

Unions want to cut workers: knife the 457s

Union leader John Sutton says that the 457 visa scheme is not adjusting well-enough to the downturn in the economy and is now demanding that the Government temporarily ends the scheme. He claimed that bricklayers, plumbers, welders, carpenters and metal fitters were removed from the Critical Skills List because of union pressure, and demanded that the Minister Chris Evans respond in the same way on 457s. Unions urge more cuts in skilled migrants

Evans said that the Government’s policy is to make overseas workers more expensive so that employers are inclined to employ local workers.

“I think most do that as their first response anyway and the business groups have been telling me that’s the advice they provide.  But there is obviously situations now where overseas workers are no longer required and I stress to people, the 457 scheme is a temporary migration program.  If there’s no work, people are expected to return to their country of origin.”

See Cheap migrant workers vs greedy capitalists: no contest for a discussion of 457s and the economy.

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