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ACTU calls for government to limit foreign workers

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HC Online | 01 May 2015, 10:49 AM Agree 0
President of the ACTU Ged Kearney has claimed that Australia should limit the number of temporary working visas it grants to foreign workers or risk damaging its domestic workforce.
  • SDM | 02 May 2015, 05:30 PM Agree 0
    I would be curious to know the demographic of people that are unemployed vs the demographics of the people filling temporary visa roles. As an employer with significant reliance on temporary visa holders with specialised skills, I can tell you this is not my preferred situation. It is more time consuming & expensive, with a laundry list of obligations forced upon us (as it should be but a burden nonetheless). We do it because the skills we sponsor do not exist in the domestic market. The ACTU would be far better served to understand what is causing the skills gap in the country and lobbying to close the gap. I have worked agencies who provide "recruitment" services to business for unemployed people to be linked with blue collar type work. Most did not know why they were attending an interview, most did not know how to complete the application form and their general attitude towards work means there's not a chance in hell I would hire them. This is why they are unemployed. The other reason is because being unemployed long term in Australia means you can have a laid back attitude about finding work. Thinking back I would not trust them to pick seasonal fruit. I imagine a combination of better education, a better attitude towards responsibility and work and a focus on building capability to deal with skills gap would be a far better approach for the ACTU.
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