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Unions welcome skilled jobs legislation
Thursday, 14 April 2011 10:22

Industry groups and unions campaigning for more skilled work to be performed locally for WA’s major resources projects have welcomed the introduction of legislation designed to combat skilled work being sent offshore.

The Skilled Local Jobs Bill was second read into parliament today by Opposition Leader Eric Ripper.

ASI State Manager James England said that the industry was optimistic the bill would pass.


“This legislation will require project proponents to make firm upfront commitments on skilled engineering and fabrication work to be performed in WA, before their project is given the go ahead by government”

“We believe that this will give industry certainty and help with planning to skill up West Australia’s workforce.

“Other countries such as Canada has highly successful legislation that ensures a big share of skilled engineering and fabrication work from their major resources projects is performed in Canada and we think we can achieve the same in Western Australia.

“The Canadian legislation delivers more skilled work for Canadian businesses and workers without mandated local content levels, and we support this approach.”

AMWU State Secretary Steve McCartney said WA’s hung Parliament presented a unique opportunity to get the new legislation through the Parliament.

“With the National Party holding the balance of power in both houses of State Parliament, we think there is a real opportunity to get Labor’s proposed legislation through the Parliament,” he said.

“We look forward to sitting down with both the National Party and discussing how securing more skilled work from our major projects for WA would benefit regional WA and the whole of the State.”

UnionsWA Secretary Simone McGurk argued the legislation was both necessary and timely.

“With the news today that the Western Australia technically being in recession for the past six months it goes to highlight the need to make some structural changes to the system.

“We cannot have the resources sector going gangbusters while the rest of the economy is left behind.

“We welcome the initiative by the state Labor Party to introduce a bill that could give us great transparency and opportunity when the Government approves resources development.”

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