The Pros And Cons Of Bradken Engineering

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Register to read the introduction… Trying to justify why they hired 10 Philippine welders made them lack credibility, due to their actions they directly contributed to the reduction of skilled Australian wages. Assistant secretary Peter lees of the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union (AMWU) quoted “Bradken has distributed a two-page leaflet to its employees in the last few days trying to justify its decision to go to the Philippines in search of welders. This has inflamed the Bradken workforce and it is likely the workers will refuse to work with any foreign workers imported in this way and in these circumstances” further stating that the reality Bradken’s shortage of skilled labour is self-inflicted. bradken is currently operating at $70.00 weekly below the market rate for a tradesperson, and is trying to import more foreign labour from low wage countries to maintain the low wage rates. The AMWU warned Bradken about its actions, however the company continued with its wage cuts. It is currently paying tradespeople $19.20 per hour who travel great distance to work at Karrabin, whilst other corporations are paying between $20.50 and $22.00 per …show more content…
He highlights that thousands of low cost labour is entering the country and this undermines jobs for future computer science graduates. Due to salaries being driven down and higher unemployment rates among information and communications technology (ICT) workers under 30 David Crowe believes Visa requirements should be tightened by the government. The federal Immigration Minister Amanda Vanstone increased skilled migrant intake by a record 77,000 in 2004, although she had imposed barriers for certain skilled visas. Evidently the measures taken are not enough to hinder the flow of cheap labour. In 2003 a report was released by Bob Kinnaird stating that the stock of ICT migrants reached an unsustainable 13,000 roughly 7% of sectors labour force and job ads for ICT graduates increased by 80% from last year. David Crowe concludes that migrants are making working conditions harder and that the intake for specific labour forces such as ICT jobs should stay at reduced levels till the Australian ICT labour force can handle increased levels of ICT migrants, allowing demand for Australian graduates. Another report from the Herald Sun newspaper highlights the severity of the situation Australia

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