Friday, 12 September 2014

Workers at the Maryvale pulp and paper mill and Heyfield timber mill have welcomed Senator Ricky Muir's commitment to help save pulp and paper jobs during his visit to their workplaces today.

The visit comes as the industry in Gippsland is under serious threat from imported cheap and dumped wood and paper products, with half of all pulp and paper jobs nationally disappearing in the last decade.

Thursday, 11 September 2014

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Thursday, 11 September 2014

The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) has called on the Abbott Government to reject outright a recommendation to abolish Labour Market Testing (LMT) in the 457 Visa program.

The Government's report into the 457 Visa program, released today, recommends removal of the requirement for employers to look for a local worker first before employing someone on a 457 temporary work visa. The requirement came into effect in November last year and currently only applies to around a third of occupations.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

A widening of the 457 Visa scheme – expected to be announced by the Abbott Government today – would further undermine the working conditions of Australians, removing even more employment opportunities for the half a million people currently looking for full time work.

Unemployment levels are at their highest in 12 years, and youth unemployment is at crisis point – with some regions of the country experiencing up to 30 per cent youth unemployment.

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

The Federal Government's announcements on new apprenticeship programs would not go anywhere near addressing the crisis in youth unemployment and Australian apprenticeships, the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) National Secretary, Michael O'Connor, said.

"This government has axed a range of apprenticeship programs, including the $1bn Tools For Your Trade program, to help apprentices buy the tools and equipment they need. And billions more have been ripped out of the TAFE system, especially across regional Australia.