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Union fires the use of 457 visas by employers

November 2013, 08
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CFMEU the construction, forestry and mining union has said that the federal government needs to urgently bring in new legislation that make its a legal obligation for all employers to prove that they did not find Australian worker and thats why approved the 457 visa for a foreign worker. The union claims that it has analysed the recent report of the Immigration department and border protection, DIPD and the number of 457 visas been applied for are alarming and it shows how contradictory the rise of unemployment in Australia is ad also how employers are using the 457 visa.
The report from CFMEU covers many industry sectors and in the previous year uptil 30 september  the union found that the total number of 457 visas applied for had increased, and the number of new 457 visas applied for ending four months before September had decreased, which is in the same period in 2012. The report from DIPB says that 2,490 457 visas were applied for between June to September 2012 in the ICT sector, and there has been a drop of 510 this year with only 1,980 457 visa application lodged for the period of four months this year.
In the ICT worker, in the end of September last year 8,990 workers were employed in the sector, but this year it has gone up just very marginally by only 9,100 employed unto 30 september. Dave Noonan, the CFMEU National Assistant Secretary said that these trends are very disturbing and clearly show us how unemployment is rising in Australia and how employers are using the 457 visa scheme. He said that unemployment is rising in Australia and the youth are unemployed, its the highest level since 2002 at 12.6%. There has been an increase in 457 visas by 12 %. Rules must be implemented so that employers look genuinely for Australian workers first, and it must be done as soon as possible.
Mockery of the scheme is being made by employers searching websites like gumtree for 457 visas and the some employers don't even require any experience. Noonan says the analysis of the figures from DIPB showed that out of the number of 457 visa applications that came in more than 50 % overseas national were under 30 years of age. Australian born youngsters wont get a start in the labour market unless the labour market testing rules are not strictly implemented.
By 1st January 2014 the new legislation should be out said Noonan but because of the pressure from the big end town Scott Morrison the Immigration minister is not ready to dealer when these rules will come into effect. A petition has been launched by the union calling upon the minister to regulate the 457 visas soon by implementing legislation urgently.

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