In the News
Media Release - 02.10.14 - CFMEU National Office
Report shows introduction of labour market testing has had immediate impact on 457 visa approval numbers
The introduction of labour market testing in November last year - requiring employers to advertise jobs locally for a range of occupations before hiring overseas workers on 457 visas - has resulted in a doubling in the number of rejected applications during its first six months of operation. The briefing paper, produced by the Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union, analysed the latest data available on the subclass 457 visa program and follows a recommendation in the recent "Independent review of integrity in the subclass 457 programme" report that labour market testing be abolished. The report found that in the first six months following the introduction of labour market testing for engineering, nursing and skill level three occupations, the non-approval rate for 457 visa nominations in these combined categories almost doubled from 9.8 per cent to 19.1 per cent. During the same period, occupations not subject to labour market testing had their non-approval rate decline slightly, from 7.9 per cent to 7.3 per cent.
CFMEU National Secretary, Michael O'Connor said the figures showed that while labour market testing was far from perfect, it was having some impact, reducing the number of 457 visa approvals where employers had failed to demonstrate that no qualified Australian workers were available. click here to read full story
Media Release - 24.9.14 - CFMEU National Office
Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement will force local workers to compete against badly exploited Koreans
The Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union has slammed a trade deal with South Korea which could allow imports from the North Korean dictatorship. CFMEU National Secretary Michael O'Connor said the free trade agreement would also see the removal of labour market testing requirements for employers taking on Korean nationals. "If Parliament votes up the Bill to implement this deal, which is likely to happen tonight, it will be putting local workers in direct competition with badly exploited Korean workers", Mr O'Connor said. "At the Gaesung Industrial Complex in North Korea, which looks like being a part of the deal, workers are paid just a few dollars a day, and their wages go directly to the government. North Korea is home to brutal labour camps and a government willing to starve its own people. Are the government and Australian Labor Party really asking Australian workers to compete with that?". click here to read full story
LGRAW - Message to Workers
What is LGRAW? It is the Local Government Rights at Work campaign - which is a community based campaign to raise the awareness of local government workers about the changing industrial landscape. Over the last 12 months there have been a number of industrial rights that have been stripped away from local government workers undermining the fabric of their local community. Visit the website and learn more about this campaign and what it means to you.
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The Fair Work Commission Amended Interim Order requires all industrial action to cease. Members should immediately stop all industrial action and return to work. A copy of the Amended Interim Order is available at the CFMEU Construction and General Division internet site and the CFMEU Construction & General facebook page.