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Created Fri 29/08/2014, Last Updated Fri 29/08/2014

Giving employers open slather on overseas workers is a catastrophe for Australia

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.

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Created Tue 26/08/2014, Last Updated Tue 26/08/2014

Crisis in Australian apprenticeships: 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:

  • A national shortfall of mining apprenticeships of 3,300
  • Construction apprenticeships down by 28 percent since 2010
  • The ratio of apprentices to tradespeople in construction at its lowest level since 2003 - 12.4 per cent.

The report found the mining sector would need to increase apprentices by around 37 per cent to match its share of total tradespeople.

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Created Tue 26/08/2014, Last Updated Tue 26/08/2014

The 30 highest youth unemployment regions revealed; CFMEU calls for Government to scrap expansion of overseas worker programs

The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) today revealed the 30 regions in the country with the highest youth unemployment, and called on the Abbott Government to immediately halt its plans to expand temporary visa employment programs.

The National Secretary of the CFMEU Michael O’Connor said youth unemployment (15-24 year olds) across the country was at crisis point, and in some regions the situation was acute. Topping the list is outback South Australia, with a staggering 29.8 per cent youth unemployment.