LOCAL JOBS THE FOCUS AT SHORTLAND 457 VISA ROUNDTABLE

Mar 9, 2017

SHAYNE NEUMANN MP

SHADOW MINISTER FOR IMMIGRATION AND BORDER PROTECTION

FEDERAL MEMBER FOR BLAIR

 

PAT CONROY MP

SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR CLIMATE CHANGE AND ENERGY

SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR INFRASTUCTURE

FEDERAL MEMBER FOR SHORTLAND

 

Worker representatives have come together in Cardiff today to talk about putting local workers first at a 457 visa roundtable hosted by Federal Member for Shortland Pat Conroy and Shadow Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Shayne Neumann.

Attendees raised concerns about how businesses are advertising jobs before looking overseas for workers, the impact of limited training opportunities for locals and exploitation within the 457 visa program.

Federal Member for Shortland Pat Conroy and Shadow Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Shayne Neumann heard evidence of overseas workers on 457 visas being appointed to jobs that could easily been filled by local workers and young people who were struggling to get a trade apprenticeship.

The Liberal National Coalition has cut $1 billion from apprenticeships support which has seen the number of apprentices fall by more than 128,000.

There are now 508 fewer apprentices in Shortland than there were in 2013 when the Coalition formed Government; with the long term effects of failing to train young people in skills based trades starting to bite.

To support local workers to get local jobs, Labor has introduced legislation to implement tougher requirements on employers to advertise and genuinely try to fill jobs locally before recruiting from overseas.

Labor will make businesses using significant numbers of temporary workers have a plan for training local workers.

Labor will protect Australian training standards for our trades by making sure temporary workers meet Australian skills standards before they come to work in Australia in trades roles like a plumber or electrician.

Only Labor is standing up for local jobs and we’re committed to hosting more jobs forums across New South Wales to talk with businesses, unions, training providers and workers about how we can make local jobs a priority.

THURSDAY, 9 MARCH 2017

 

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