Australia to bring foreign workers for plugging skills shortage
Australia, 28th May: Australia’s booming mining sector is going to allow thousands of foreign workers to fill skills shortages.
Employers in the mining industry claim hiring foreign workers in mining projects will help in multi-billion-collar projects in Australia.
Australia to welcome thousands to work in mining jobs—Australia, under its plans to hire foreign workers for mining projects, has already given permission to a new mine for recruitment of nearly 1,700 foreigners for working in Australia.
The government says its booming resource sector is facing a big labor shortage. The move is being initiated under ‘Enterprise Migration Agreement’ of Australian government granted to Roy Hill iron ore mining project in Western Australia worth US $ 9.3 billion, said Australian immigration minister Chris Bowen.
It is owned by Gina Rinehart, Australia’s richest person.
Sheer lunacy—allege union leaders--Meanwhile, the move to bring in thousands of immigrants to work in Australian mining sector jobs is inviting wrath of union leaders. As per the information, Australian government is being criticized by union leaders for its plans to import a large number of foreign workers to come and work in Australia.
The Australian union leaders allege that rather than allowing foreign workers to come and take up jobs here, the government must focus on training Australians who are unemployed.
Jobs to Australians—top priority—Meanwhile, Australian immigration minister Bowen has affirmed that the nation remains committed to providing jobs to Australian workers. He, however, did not hesitate to clarify that the requirement of temporary foreign workers is the dire need of the hour for the booming Australian economy.
Australia does not have sufficient number of local workers to get the work done for the construction phase of Roy Hill project in Western Australia. The project has the need for more than 8,000 workforce. And under the agreement, the project will have the facility to offer sponsorship to a total of 1,715 workers for the construction phase spanning three years.
The sponsorship will be for Australian temporary skilled worker visa in case the employers cannot get Australians with requisite skills to work on mining jobs.
Conditions and wages for foreigners getting work in this project will be same as offered to their Australian counterparts. And Roy Hill project will offer a maximum of 2,000 training places to Australians, immigration minister Bowen informed.