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ACTU Sprung employing workers on 457 Visas.

April 4, 2013
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Unhappy campers

The president of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) has defended unions employing staff on 457 visas, despite a union-driven campaign to clamp down on their use.

It has been revealed the Transport Workers Union (TWU) employs three officials, including a media officer, on 457 visas.

TWU secretary Tony Sheldon has previously been a strident critic of the practice, saying employers should “train Australians first and give jobs to Australians first”.

But yesterday Mr Sheldon defended the Union’s decision to employ workers on 457 visas saying that the union was “unable to find local staff for the positions.”

ACTU president Ged Kearney says there is no hypocrisy in the TWU case.

“We have never as a movement opposed 457 visas,” she told AM.

No Hypocrisy!

“I think we need to make that very clear. So there is no hypocrisy here.”

She says the union movement’s main concern with 457 visas has been “the welfare of the workers.”

“Clearly the workers being employed by these unions for whatever reason – and yes, they need to show as well, like any other employer, that they need these workers because there is a shortage – but they are not being exploited, clearly,” she said.

“These workers are being employed on Australian conditions; they’re being treated very well. I don’t see any evidence whatsoever that the rules are not being followed.”

“We are concerned however about those – and there are many, we know – who are being exploited, who are being paid less than the wages they should be being paid, who are not being treated properly in this country.

“That is what we are worried about this system and that is what I think we need to focus on when we are talking about these issues in the media.”

Out of Control!

Prime Minister Julia Gillard launched a campaign against the use of 457 visas last month, during a week-long visit to the politically crucial region of western Sydney.

She said the visa program was “out of control” and she has repeatedly stated that jobs should be given to Australians first.

 

 

 

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24 Comments leave one →
  1. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    April 4, 2013 1:26 pm

    So given all the retrenchments of journalists in the print and electronic media, there’s no one suitable to be a ‘media officer’ for the TWU?!!

    Tony Sheldon-
    *Hypocrite
    *TWU Secretary
    *ALP Vice President
    *Hack/powerbroker
    *A typical dumb f**kwit

  2. Splatterbottom permalink
    April 4, 2013 1:53 pm

    Hypocrisy is business as usual in Unionland. Nothing to see here. Move along. The working class can kiss my arse – long live the ACUNT!

  3. April 4, 2013 1:58 pm

    If this is the calibre of union leaders you just have to hope that Labor comes to its senses and reorganises itself to ensure that such mediocrity doesn’t end up as a parliamentarian because they’ve ‘done their time’ in the unions!

  4. Splatterbottom permalink
    April 4, 2013 2:21 pm

    You can’t do that, deknarf! What would the point of union control of the ALP be? In Unionland it is the right of hard-working union hacks to reap the rewards of their corrupt politicking with a lap of honour in the Senate and an outrageous parliamentary pension. And for those that strike out when Doogie Cameron and Sleazy Albanese sit around the table at the local Chinese restaurant to make the decisions, there is always the possibility of the “Captain’s Pick” (although Rudd restricted his picking to his delcicious earwax).

  5. April 4, 2013 3:42 pm

    You know Splatterbottom Unionland is sounding just like Businessland, and NO Coalitionland! Funny that!

  6. April 4, 2013 4:08 pm

    FFS, the teabag-lite`s are doing all they can to put the teabags in power, what fcukwits!

  7. 2DT Shock Jock permalink
    April 4, 2013 4:13 pm

    And I thought her ratings were down because she’s a fucking lying grub but no its because she’s a woman according to her latest attempt to rekindle the misogyny debate.

    Its not her its us

    http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/political-news/australians-still-getting-used-to-female-pm-gillard-20130404-2h8zd.html

  8. April 4, 2013 4:28 pm

    That’s unbelievable 2DT…

  9. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    April 4, 2013 4:37 pm

    Australians still getting used to female lying, duplicitous cheat as PM

  10. Splatterbottom permalink
    April 4, 2013 4:44 pm

    Gillard might do better if she appeared to be less of a Unionland stooge. This iconic picture of her and her puppet-master Ludwig is emblematic. It should be plastered up around the country so people understand the true source of the rottenness infecting this government. It all started here with the butchering of Rudd.

  11. 2DT Shock Jock permalink
    April 4, 2013 4:46 pm

    Did you good people know that superannuation taxation incentives are skewed very much in favour of the working poor ?

    In very simple terms for the Cafe posters/lurkers who are so fucking thick they make Emerson look brighty

    Someone earning $40,000 pa pays $5,147 pa in tax. If they are a couple each earning same its around $10,300 pa in tax.

    If they work from 20 until 67 they as a couple have paid $484,100 in tax .

    If they both retire at 67 in both live until 85 whereupon they kill each other they would have received 20 x $32,000 pa ($640,000)(quoting pension figure based on article in AFR)

    So therefore not only has their income tax not provided for any other arms of government but it does not even cover the pension they’ll get.

    So who is subsidising who ?

    Who gets the bigger tax benefit from income (we obviously exclude other taxes in the example)

    Yet the attacks on self funded retirees continues.

  12. April 4, 2013 4:58 pm

    “Someone earning $40,000 pa pays $5,147 pa in tax. ….”

    *eyes glazing over*

  13. April 4, 2013 5:05 pm

    ” earning $40,000 pa _ If they are a couple”
    WRONG. the `couple` will probably spend the whole 40K on living costs. Therefore add another 4K minimum in GST, the regressive tax on the working class. If they manage to maintain a vehicle, add a few more grand$ in the fuel-tax.

  14. Splatterbottom permalink
    April 4, 2013 5:08 pm

    deknarf: “You know Splatterbottom Unionland is sounding just like Businessland, and NO Coalitionland! Funny that!”

    7.30: “FFS, the teabag-lite`s are doing all they can to put the teabags in power, what fcukwits!”

    Living under this rotten government is like being force-fed dogshit. Rudd was useful to get the ALP into power, but he wasn’t a creature of the unions so he had to go. Thompson is your typical union boss turned pollie and has sickened the nation. Ditto former ALP president Williamson. Faction Boss Doogie Cameron and Sleazy Albanese were instrumental in keeping McDonald in office and dear old Doogie was shocked, shocked to learn that McDonald was a bad apple notwithstanding that his daughter worked for McDonald for 7 years. And union boss Maitland looks to have invested very wisely in his mining venture. And Eddie Obeid chose the NSW premiers for years and sadly NSW missed out on $100m that went his way. Oh and Gillard’s union boyfriend “Rooter” Wilson made off like a bandit as well, then the ALP closed ranks and the one decent bloke who campaigned to get the money back was beaten up by Unionland thugs.

    But some people don’t get it. They have so little capacity for independent thought that they prefer to run interference for this rotten clique, and mock those people rightly outraged by blatant corruption. It is people like this who make the corruption possible in the first place. Better to stay schtum than be a rat in the ranks in Unionland. In many ways these scum are the lowest of them all. They are the ones that make it possible for Labor to victimise and vilify decent people like Gillian Sneddon who had the guts to blow the whistle on one of the many ALP pedophiles, Milton Orkopolous. It is a shame that their loyalty is not to their country but to the corrupt cabal currently in power.

  15. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    April 4, 2013 5:21 pm

    From SB’s linked photo, it looks as if Tim does Ludwig’s hair as well.

  16. Splatterbottom permalink
    April 4, 2013 5:49 pm

    “it looks as if Tim does Ludwig’s hair as well.”

    Possibly. I thought perhaps Julia (quite understandably) mistook Ludwig’s head for his arse and licked his few remaining hairs into place.

  17. 2DT Shock Jock permalink
    April 4, 2013 6:10 pm

    “WRONG. the `couple` will probably spend the whole 40K on living costs. Therefore add another 4K minimum in GST, the regressive tax on the working class. If they manage to maintain a vehicle, add a few more grand$ in the fuel-tax.”

    How do they serve the coffee over at the Cafe 730 since you clearly hate teabags

    If their after tax income is roughly $35K how can they possibly spend $40K plus according to you another $4K in GST and fuel tax.

    You clearly drink alot of coffee

  18. April 4, 2013 6:27 pm

    “I thought perhaps Julia (quite understandably) mistook Ludwig’s head for his arse and licked his few remaining hairs into place.”

    ~ cackle

  19. April 4, 2013 6:42 pm

    ” corrupt politicking with a lap of honour in the Senate and an outrageous parliamentary pension”
    it sounds a lot like the `war-crime_retirement_plan` the last teabag regime obtained

  20. April 4, 2013 6:47 pm

    ” 730 since you clearly hate teabags”
    Quite the opposite. l find them very useful to measure idiocy.

  21. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    April 4, 2013 7:07 pm

    Meanwhile over at AIMN, they’ve finalised their subject roster. It’s all very important and independent!
    • Monday – something about Abbott
    • Tuesday – something about how the media helps Abbott
    • Wednesday – something about Abbott
    • Thursday – something about Abbott
    • Friday – something about how the media won’t tell the truth about the government (because they want to help Abbott)
    • Saturday – something light hearted, such as a poem about Abbott
    • Sunday – something about the great work by Gillard, and how the media won’t report this (because…)

  22. el gordo permalink
    April 4, 2013 7:21 pm

    AIMN is hate media, fair and balanced… I don’t think so.

  23. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    April 5, 2013 9:45 am

    The government will have to get ready for a flood of 457 visa applications for “Media Officer”

    There are currently 900 jobs being advertised for “Media Officer” on Seek. The TWU couldn’t find anyone qualified here. Probably all these other companies won’t find any either.

    http://www.seek.com.au/JobSearch?DateRange=31&SearchFrom=quick&Keywords=media+officer&nation=3000

  24. TB Queensland permalink
    April 5, 2013 10:59 am

    Well I believe in local people … and local shops …

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