Massive rise in regional unemployment prompts call for Victorian Government to support 457 Visa crackdown
The Construction, Forestry Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) has called on the Victorian Government to join its campaign to ensure more rigorous Labour Market Testing for the controversial 457 Visa scheme on the back of disastrous unemployment figures in regional Victoria.
National Secretary of the CFMEU, Michael O'Connor called on the Premier of Victoria to show some courage and stand up to the Abbott Government over the 457 Visa issue.
Resource, health and service sector unions are united in calling for a Senate Inquiry into the 457 visa scheme following allegations of widespread rorting.
"Unemployment has hit a 12 year high yet instead of tightening up requirements to import labour – the Government is trying to help employers bypass local workers in the Northern Territory under new designated area migration agreements," said ACTU President Ged Kearney.
The Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) has slammed the proposed "designated area migration agreement" for the Northern Territory that will allow employers easy access to thousands of overseas workers.
The union, who raised serious allegations about 457 Visa abuses at Australia's biggest mining project, Gina Rinehart's Roy Hill five months ago, said the Government was destroying the job opportunities of locals while allowing the exploitation of overseas workers.
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