Alarmed the Federal Government may announce a tightening of regulations around the use of temporary overseas workers 457 visas, CEOs will stage a rally in Sydney’s Martin place today to oppose any changes.
“Any move to tighten use of 457s to get around hiring locals would be a personal assault on our human rights,” said protest organiser C.E.O (Cheaper Employees from Overseas) boss Larry Pines.
Businesses employing significant numbers of skilled trades workers on section 457 visas should be compelled to invest in apprenticeships to stop the cycle of skills shortage and apprenticeship decline, the CFMEU said today.
In a new letter-writing campaign, the CFMEU is calling on MPs to back mandated apprenticeship ratios on projects that employ more than 10 temporary overseas 457 workers in skilled trades jobs.
Three young workers hoping for a career in the construction industry will be the human faces of a major billboard campaign starting this week, pushing for more apprenticeships for young Australians and less 457 overseas temporary work visas.
The billboard campaign by Australia’s main construction industry trade union, the Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU), is planned to run for several months across six sites in CBD Melbourne, and may be extended nationally.