The union movement wants to see more obligations placed on companies that use 457 visa workers, including requirements that they take on apprentices and, in professional areas, local graduates.
The ACTU’s submission to the current Senate inquiry into temporary migration visas will argue that
the tightening of laws around the use of 457s should be seen as a first step to reforming the entire temporary visa system.
These recommendations will form part of the union case to the Senate Inquiry into Temporary Visas which is sitting in Melbourne on Friday and Sydney next week.
Recommended changes include:
There are currently over 1.2 million temporary visa holders working in Australia and they make up 10 per cent of the workforce. Some 106,750 of these are primary 457 visa holders.