"There are so many 457 workers in tourism, retail, and hospitality yet there are so many Australian citizens on Centrelink who could be used in those areas," John Fitzgerald said. Sharyn O'Neill ROK280813sinsure3

Crackdown on 457 workers welcome - Careerlinker proprietor

WHEN he heard the CFMEU wanted the reins tightened on 457 work visas, Rockhampton's John Fitzgerald saw a glimmer of hope. He saw hope for the Australian citizens he felt employers often overlooked in favour of workers imported from other countries.

He thought it was a good idea to put a cap on the number of 457 visa workers allowed in the country, across various industries.

"There are so many 457 workers in tourism, retail, and hospitality yet there are so many Australian citizens on Centrelink who could be used in those areas," Mr Fitzgerald said.

"It's unfair that many employers are looking to pay 457s much less than the minimum wage anyway."

Mr Fitzgerald is the proprietor of Careerlinker and administers the Rockhampton and CQ Job Vacancies Facebook page.



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