The Chamber of Minerals and Energy (CME) and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA (CCIWA) have slammed a union rally held in Perth's CBD yesterday, where several unions demanded that major resource companies invest more in youth training resort less to employing skilled workers from overseas.
Some of the unions even alleged that some mining companies were employing workers cheaply on tourist visas, allegations that were firmly denied and described as "wrong" by CME and CCIWA.
As reported by Perth Now;
WA business groups have slammed yesterday's union rally, saying arguments over skilled migration are out-dated and causing "unnecessary public fear" about Aussie jobs.
“It’s completely wrong to suggest that people coming to work in WA from overseas are driving down wages,” CME chief executive Reg Howard-Smith said.
“The Department of Immigration and Citizenship require all skilled migrants to receive the same pay and conditions as Australian employees.
“Industry’s first priority is employing local people.
“Skilled migration is actually an expensive last resort particularly when you consider overseas recruitment searches, relocation expenses and paying Australian wages and conditions.
“It’s good economics and good business to utilise Australian employees first.”
The CME is predicting a skills shortage in WA of more than 30,000 in the next 12 to 18 months.
“WA is experiencing a massive pipeline of private investment flowing into the State, but we simply don’t have enough local workers with the skills required to build and run those projects.
“Without a combination of interstate and overseas skilled immigration, coupled with quality training for local employees, we won’t meet the demand for these massive projects.”
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