Hanson Construction have put in an application for 457 visas to fill hundreds of Australian transport jobs that could otherwise be filled by locals if they just advertised the positions.
What’s more, the Transport Workers’ Union are furious the concrete company have just put an order in for 18 new trucks and are in the process of laying off sub-contractors.
“Hanson have shown their true colours in the way they have applied to the Immigration Department to fill these positions, without asking locals first,” Transport Workers’ Union State Secretary Peter Biagini said.
“Hanson have just ordered 18 new trucks, and before they’re even delivered they are seeking to bring in foreign workers to fill the positions on lower wages.”
“That’s our issue with Hanson and the 457 visa,” Mr Biagini said.
“”Why can’t these companies ask the locals first – and after that if they can’t fill the positions, seek foreign help.”
“Instead, companies like Hanson have gone round and sacked their local workers with the goal of importing foreign workers on lower wages.”
Hanson’s application to the Immigration Department is to import 170 workers per year for the next three years.
“They have just bought 18 new trucks and laid off sub-contractors, yet they say they need help filling positions,” Mr Biagini said.
“Queensland unemployment is rising fast – bringing in cheap foreign labour without asking the locals first is not good enough.”
Further proof of the companies loyalties lie in their refusal to renegotiate the now expired agitator employee EBA.
“Using imported labour is an attempt by Hanson to undermine the right of their workforce to collectively bargain and undercut the future of the industry,” Mr Biagini said.
“This all comes after Hanson tried to sack over 100 drivers without notice in NSW.”
Mick O’Brien – 0411 875 910