Need for tougher work visas, inquiry told

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THE Gillard government’s planned crackdown on temporary visas for foreign workers should be extended to all occupations, a Senate inquiry has been told.

Australia ImmigrationLabor is trying to push through parliament legislation that requires employers to conduct labour market testing and only hire foreign workers if no Australian worker is available.

The government claims the measures are needed because of widespread rorting of the 457 visa scheme.

The ACTU says the measures don’t go far enough.

“Our preferred position is that labour market testing … should apply to all occupations,” industrial officer Tim Shipstone told a Senate committee on Friday.

Occupations such as nursing, engineering and IT could be exempted from the testing, the ACTU said in its written submission to the inquiry.

The bill in its existing form could “hardly be described as onerous”, Mr Shipstone said.

Labor is trying to push through parliament legislation that requires employers to conduct labour market testing and only hire foreign workers if no Australian worker is available.

The government claims the measures are needed because of widespread rorting of the 457 visa scheme.

The ACTU says the measures don’t go far enough.

“Our preferred position is that labour market testing … should apply to all occupations,” industrial officer Tim Shipstone told a Senate committee on Friday.

Occupations such as nursing, engineering and IT could be exempted from the testing, the ACTU said in its written submission to the inquiry.

The bill in its existing form could “hardly be described as onerous”, Mr Shipstone said.

Source: http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/need-for-tougher-work-visas-inquiry-told/story-fni0xqi4-1226667400456

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