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.
The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) launched a new television advertisement and campaign, as governments around the country watered down workplace safety protections yesterday.
And as the Victorian Government downgrades the role of its workplace safety agency, WorkCover, the CFMEU has announced a commitment to increase the number of its health and safety representatives in Victoria from 500 to 600 by the end of the year.
The Brisbane leg of the Trade Union Royal Commission began with a display of bluster but spectacularly failed to back up any allegations against the CFMEU, the Union said today.
“The Royal Commission came up to Brisbane full of swagger and hot air,” said CFMEU National Construction Secretary Dave Noonan.
“The only explosive thing about these hearings has been the sound of Counsel Assisting’s ‘evidence’ being shot down.
“What we’ve seen is a show trial with no main act.”
The surge in the unemployment rate to its highest level in 12 years is the direct result of the Abbott Government's broken promises on jobs, the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) said.
"The Abbott Government has turned its back on entire industries without any plans to create new jobs," CFMEU National Secretary Michael O'Connor said.
Two thousand construction workers rallied in support of their union the CFMEU ahead of Trade Union Royal Commission hearings in Brisbane today.
CFMEU State Secretary Michael Ravbar who is due to give evidence today entered the building via a construction workers’ guard of honour.
CFMEU National Construction Secretary Dave Noonan told the crowd the focus of the Royal Commission revealed its real agenda: to provide cover for the Abbott Government to wind back work rights.
The Building Employees Redundancy Trust (BERT) is a union-initiated redundancy fund that offers all its members access to redundancy funds and emergency funds in times of hardship, the CFMEU said today.
Unions established BERT because there was a need to ensure guaranteed access to redundancy funds in a highly volatile industry where workers often find themselves out of work at short notice, said CFMEU National Construction Secretary Dave Noonan.
The Trade Union Royal Commission has kicked off its Brisbane leg with a demonstration of extreme anti-union bias, the CFMEU said today.
CFMEU National Construction Secretary Dave Noonan said today’s key witness was an anti-union boss motivated by cutting workers’ entitlements to save money.
“Albert Smith has been given star billing at the Royal Commission today. He is a boss who can’t back up his claims against the union and who admitted his agenda was to cut costs on worker entitlements,” said Mr Noonan.
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