Unions have savaged Tony Abbott’s industry statement, which did little to address the cuts announced in the May Budget, did nothing to save the manufacturing sector and allowed greater use of 457 visas with unemployment at a 12-year high.
Labor continues to maintain the offshore visa changes put in place by the Abbott Government are unfair, compromise employment conditions and create great uncertainty in the oil and gas sector, according to Shadow Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations Brendan O’Connor.
Mr O’Connor told the MUA National Conference that Assistant Minister for Immigration, Michaelia Cash, wants to create chaos in the offshore oil and gas industry by using Maritime Crew Visas (MCVs).
ALP frontbencher Anthony Albanese today defended the Rudd/Gillard Government’s record on delivering shipping reform.
As Minister for Infrastructure, Albanese’s reforms to the Coastal Trading Act were the most substantial in a century, in a bid to ensure the survival of Australia’s sovereign flagged shipping industry.