Lo­cals must have pri­or­ity in job mar­ket

Townsville Bulletin - - OPINION -

I WAS watch­ing the news on July 16 con­cern­ing the free trade agree­ments and, hav­ing spo­ken to our lo­cal po­lit­i­cal reps, I gained a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of is­sues sur­round­ing the em­ploy­ment of both lo­cal and over­seas work­ers.

But I could not get over a mango pro­ducer who seemed to be­lieve it would mean cheap over­seas work­ers.

I have brought up the use of 457 visas be­fore and in this time of high un­em­ploy­ment this is one area that needs to be tight­ened up. Em­ploy Aus­tralians first even if that means you have to train peo­ple.

I also be­lieve it is time gov­ern­ments, em­ploy­ers and unions showed lead­er­ship and worked out a so­lu­tion to this prob­lem as I can see no fu­ture for our chil­dren if we con­tinue to carry on this same path.

KEV SAWYER,

Gar­butt.

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