• Thousands of workers missing out on jobs as mining companies hire overseas workers
Thousands of workers missing out on jobs as mining companies hire overseas workers
31 May, 2019, No Comment

Summary: West Australian workers look like missing out on thousands of new jobs that are being set aside for a new wave of overseas tradesmen.....

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Companies in the mining and construction industries are ramping up their international intake, claiming they can’t get enough skilled workers here at home.

When WA Labor came to power they slashed the number of eligible jobs for overseas workers, but it hasn’t made much difference — with 2536 foreign workers flowing into WA in the year to March 2019.

Opposition leader Mike Nahan says the blame can been sheeted home directly to the McGowan Government.

“We knew the mining sector was going to recover,” he said.

“It has and the task was to ‘get on your bike’ and train young West Australians for the growing jobs in the mining sector.”

Mining services companies like SMS are employing more and more overseas-trained mechanical fitters, auto electricians and boilermakers.

Most foreign workers are coming from the United Kingdom, India, the Phillipines, Ireland and the United States.

One of the issues for companies like SMS is they will spend hundreds of thousands of dollars training up apprentices only to have labour hire companies swoop once they graduate.

The labour hire companies then jack up the cost of a tradesman from $58 to $130 an hour.

CFMEU state secretary Mick Buchan says there are plenty of local workers to fill jobs in mining.

“They wish to use a labour hire model or a model with foreign labour which is compliant to the way they want to do things,” he said.


Geof Parry, 30/5/2019, thewest.com.au/business/mining/wa-workers-missing-out-on-thousands-of-jobs-as-mining-companies-hire-overseas-workers-ng-b881216486z

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