The Queensland branch of the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) has warned that the LNP's election campaign launch promises are not to be trusted.
“Almost everything Newman promised relies on selling off Queensland’s assets. Not only has privatisation of public utilities left workers and families worse off in almost all cases, but he knows that his plans are not supported by Queenslanders”, said Michael Ravbar the CFMEU’s Divisional Branch Secretary.
The Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JEPA) comes into force today with the same blanket exemptions from Labour Market Testing (LMT) for workers that the Korean Free Trade Agreement has.
This means that all employers in Australia (both Australian and Japanese firms) will no longer have to seek qualified locals to fill vacancies in the skilled trade, nursing and engineering occupations and prove none could be found, before 457s are approved for Japanese workers. From now on LMT is permanently banned in all other 457 occupations.