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457 visa rorts exposed
UnionsWA today commented on debate continuing today on the Migration Amendment (Temporary Sponsored Visas) Bill 2013 in the Commonwealth Parliament and addressed media together with two 457 visa workers in WA who have spoken about their fear of insecure work.
Meredith Hammat, Secretary UnionsWA said:
“457 rorts are real and today we’ve evidence from two brave 457 visa holders who have spoken about how their lives have been damaged by a system in desperate need of an overhaul.
“The legislation before the Commonwealth Parliament is sound – employers should have to prove they have made genuine efforts for jobs to be filled by locals first before turning to overseas workers.
“It also means that when skilled jobs are filled by temporary 457 visa holders, they are more likely to be genuine jobs and less likely to be insecure jobs.
“Many 457 workers fear their employer will dismiss them meaning their forced departure from Australia.
“Those fears underpin reluctance by 457 visa holders to raise health, safety or wage concerns or concerns about unfair dismissals.
“Over the past year around 15,000 new 457 visas were issued in WA.
“If we fail to get rid of the 457 visa rorts, then West Australians have more to lose than others.
“457 visa holders are the often silent victims of these rorts.
“These skilled workers, many from poor or developing countries, are enticed by a job offer, resign their jobs and leave their families to work temporarily in Australia.
“Too many are then the victims of scam contracting arrangements, charged exorbitant costs for accommodation or sacked unfairly or with little or no notice.
“Australian Unions care about the lives of all working people.
“We know that when employers get away with rorts against one group of workers they will try to spread that to others.”

UnionsWA today commented on debate continuing today on the Migration Amendment (Temporary Sponsored Visas) Bill 2013 in the Commonwealth Parliament and addressed media together with two 457 visa workers in WA who have spoken about their fear of insecure work.


Meredith Hammat, Secretary UnionsWA said:

“457 rorts are real and today we’ve evidence from two brave 457 visa holders who have spoken about how their lives have been damaged by a system in desperate need of an overhaul. 

“The legislation before the Commonwealth Parliament is sound – employers should have to prove they have made genuine efforts for jobs to be filled by locals first before turning to overseas workers.

“It also means that when skilled jobs are filled by temporary 457 visa holders, they are more likely to be genuine jobs and less likely to be insecure jobs.

“Many 457 workers fear their employer will dismiss them meaning their forced departure from Australia.

“Those fears underpin reluctance by 457 visa holders to raise health, safety or wage concerns or concerns about unfair dismissals.

“Over the past year around 15,000 new 457 visas were issued in WA.

“If we fail to get rid of the 457 visa rorts, then West Australians have more to lose than others.

“457 visa holders are the often silent victims of these rorts.

“These skilled workers, many from poor or developing countries, are enticed by a job offer, resign their jobs and leave their families to work temporarily in Australia.

“Too many are then the victims of scam contracting arrangements, charged exorbitant costs for accommodation or sacked unfairly or with little or no notice.

“Australian Unions care about the lives of all working people.

“We know that when employers get away with rorts against one group of workers they will try to spread that to others.”

 
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