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Union accuses Hastings Deering of favouring 457s over locals

THE Australian Manufacturing Workers Union has accused Hastings Deering of favouring workers on 457 visas over "permanent local employment" in the company's latest job cuts.

The AMWU was in talks with Hastings Deering after the company announced it was cutting 400 jobs from its Queensland workforce earlier this month.

Although Hastings Deering has not confirmed how many jobs will be lost locally, the AMWU claimed there would be "about 30 involuntary redundancies in Rockhampton" in the AMWU Union News on Friday, August 15.

In the same article, AMWU State Secretary Rohan Webb said there was "no legitimate skills gap" which needed to be filled with workers on 457 visas.

In a statement dated August 12, AMWU Industry Co-ordinator Brad Hansen said the company's failure to prioritise local jobs would affect Rockhampton.

"We need permanent local employment to keep our economy strong," he said.

"Business must play a role in promoting local jobs for local people if our community is to have a real future.

"With the increased availability of skilled labour and Queensland's unemployment at its highest level in a decade, Queenslander's should not accept that there is a need for the ongoing use of Temporary Work Visa's."

Hastings Deering did not respond to the AMWU's claims directly.

In a prepared statement, Hastings Deering said employees affected by the job cuts would "be selected on a fair and equitable basis".

"There is a clear process in relation to redundancies outlined in our enterprise agreement," the statement said.

"All roles and locations are being examined to respond to the decline in market conditions; all classifications of roles are affected."

Topics:  457 visas, australian manufacturing workers union, hastings deering




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