(HT: Tim Wilson)
The Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union is demanding that if employees are to be made redundant, those on controversial 457 visas should go first – before Australian workers – despite past legal advice to the government that laying off 457 visa holders first could breach some state anti-discrimination laws.
Permanent residents and Australian citizens should “have the primary right to Australian jobs”, the union says.
The history of unions and the White Australia policy is well explained here (although I don’t agree that the WAP was introduced for ‘cultural’ as opposed to racist reasons). William Hutt tells a similar story in the context of South Africa and apartheid. (Rafe’s precis here).