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Issue #1551      13 June 2012

Construction Forestry Mining Energy Union WA statement

Combined unions call off Gary Gray protest in view of new assurances

A protest planned for this Saturday outside the office of the federal member for Brand, Gary Gray over Enterprise Migration Agreements has been called off as a sign of good faith resulting from a new Federal government announcement.

An announcement issued from the offices of Chris Bowen, Bill Shorten and Kate Ellis has sought to give an assurance that companies and contractors recruiting overseas workers through EMA’s will now be required to use the new Jobs Board to demonstrate that suitably qualified Australian’s are given the first opportunity to apply for available jobs and training. The government will take into account the use of the Jobs Board when assessing EMA applications, including the number of skills of Australian jobseekers registered with the jobs board.

The combined unions of the CFMEU, CEPU, MUA, AMWU and TWU will be seeking a rock solid commitment in relation the federal government’s announcement and as a sign of good faith will not picket or protest outside the office Gary Gray on Saturday June 16.

The unions are still planning a major rally for July 4, to secure a commitment from resource companies on the mandatory use of the Jobs Board and training as well as to bed down details and finer points of this announcement and to make sure, job and training opportunities are maximised for local workers, their families and communities.  

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