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A determined display of solidarity among a large number of Mareeba residents who want jobs at the local Steggles chicken factory was the outcome of a packed public meeting on Monday night.
More than 160 previous and prospective employees demanded they be employed in preference to the large number of 417 Holiday Visa and 457 Temporary Work (Skilled) workers employed at the factory.
Organised by the Australian Meat Industry Employees Union Assistant Secretary Ian McLauchlan and Mareeba AMIEU delegate Fred Brunjes the rally was addressed by the General Secretary of the Queensland Council of Unions, Ros McLennan.
Steggles, owned by Sydney company Baiada, was accused by workers of employing temporary visa workers in preference to locals.
Mr McLauchlan told the meeting that the large roll-up at the racecourse venue was ample proof Mareeba people wanted to work.
More than 50 potential employees lined up to fill out Steggles work application forms which would be handed to the company’s HR department at the Mareeba plant.
“We are fair dinkum, we want to work but local people who hand in applications at the security gate say the forms never make it to the office,” Mr McLauchlan claimed.
“Somehow they get lost between the gate and the HR department.”
The Member for Kennedy, Bob Katter said he has been long opposed to the 200,000 overseas workers arriving in Australia every year on 457 visas.
“‘They are taking our jobs and undermining our pay and conditions,” Mr Katter said, apologising for not attending, due to commitments in Parliament.
Addressing the Steggles situation, he asked: “Who will you take as a worker, the bloke overseas used to working for $5 a day and 60 hour week and has a deportation order at your discretion?; or would you take an Australian who you have to pay a fair days pay for a fair days work?”
Member for Cook Billy Gordon told the meeting he remembered the problems of getting a job when he was a young man growing up in the Mareeba area.
“I picked mangoes at local farms and did other farm jobs years ago working around the area and being a young Blackfella in those days it was hard to get work when I was just out of school,” Mr Gordon said.
“It inspires me at the turnout here tonight with people standing up for families.
“There is 25 per cent youth unemployment here and it irks me there are companies out there not prepared to do the right thing by the community.”
Mr McLauchlan said Steggles job application forms were available at Mr Gordon’s office and urged applicants to fill them out then hand them to AMIEU delegate Fred Brunjes.
Mareeba Shire Council had been invited to the meeting, but Mr McLauchlan said he was unaware of any representatives in attendance.
He said Baiada senior management had agreed to meet with the union in Brisbane on Thursday to sort out the issues.
What a political gift for Turnbull, thanks in no small way to Tony Abbott. I caught a glimpse of Shorten’s press conference earlier today. Shorten is showing definite signs of election campaign fatigue.
He is very uncomfortable when asked questions about his mate Andrews (Vic premier} deal that will see the hard left wing secretary of the united firefighters union, Peter Marshall, a self confessed communist gain absolute control over the 60,000 volunteer firefighters in Victoria.
It is time for Turnbull to up the anti and expose Shortens well documented corrupt union past exposed by Tony Abbott’s trade union royal commission. I wait in hope…
Please share, particularly if you live, or have family/friends that live in Victoria.
Quoted from Andrews Mein Kampf II .. “This dispute ends today,’’ Mr Andrews said, brushing aside criticism from lawyers, the CFA, volunteers and the opposition of the government’s boots-and-all approach.
This story was posted on News Ltd web site May 13, 2016:
Unions will step up their election campaigning this weekend, making 20,000 telephone calls to swinging voters in marginal seats.
The two-day telethon will involve 600 ACTU volunteers asking voters about their issues of concern and urging them to put the Liberals last on July 2.
“We want to see Australians elect a government that will put their interests first, create jobs, and fund health and education with revenue from a fair and equitable tax system,” ACTU secretary Dave Oliver said in a statement.
This excerpt from a letter to Cairns News places a different slant on the story above:
“At the risk of exposing my ignorance, I am not sure how the unions could reliably know who is and isn’t currently a swinging voter in a marginal seat sufficient to “telephone” them.
The sceptic in me immediately wondered if this was a cover story (above)for a secret plan that relies on the telephone campaign to identify occupancy at addresses known to have changed hands sufficiently recently. Real estate activity here in Forest Hill (Melbourne) has been epic in the past two years thanks to Chinese interest in Australian property. It must have generated hundreds of title transfers per electorate only recently, potentially representing thousands of electors who have died or moved away while their names remain on the roll.
Could the union telephone campaign be exploiting the latency arising from transfers of titles in the marginal seats to validate name of electors for impersonation at polling places on 2 July? With electoral laws as fraud-friendly as they are and contests so nail-bitingly close, anyone not constrained by law would have to think themselves fools not to try.”
Off Shore Galore with Turnbull
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has failed his first serious test of political leadership by turning his back on Australian shipbuilders and placing an order for a new Australian icebreaker offshore.
Just a day after the ASC shipyard in Adelaide announced its intention to lay off another 45 workers, and following intensive lobbying for new shipbuilding orders by the South Australian Government, Mr Turnbull has revealed his manufacturing industry policy is no better than Tony Abbott’s.
“This is proof that the new Prime Minister doesn’t understand the crisis that the Coalition has created in the shipbuilding industry,” said Glenn Thompson, Assistant National secretary of the Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union (AMWU).
“It’s no use blaming Labor for the state of shipbuilding in Australia. This Government has had an opportunity to build the icebreaker here and has failed to do so,” Mr Thompson said.
“The last Australian icebreaker was built for the Antarctic Division by the Forgacs yard in Newcastle and there is no reason why Australian industry could not complete another similar vessel,” he said. “Except that the Coalition Government excluded Australian companies from taking part in the tender process.”
Mr Thompson said the shipbuilding industry was in crisis because its only customer was the Federal Government and this decision shows the Turnbull Government was as short sighted as its predecessor.
“The new icebreaker is a billion dollar project that should be built here in Australia,’ Mr Thompson said.
“Malcolm Turnbull is touring Australia talking up the need for innovation and enterprise and yet here he is sending jobs offshore as the Australian shipbuilding industry withers on the vine because of a lack of new orders.”
“Mr Turnbull needs to justify to Australian workers who are losing their jobs why his government has failed to back a local build.”
Labor Party trolls Marcus Priest and Chris Winslow, also a Greens candidate conspire to halt the Royal Commission into Union corruption: