The construction industry is in for a rude awakening as construction jobs suffer
The construction and mining industry is on the ropes.
Key points:”The industry is suffering the biggest drop in employment since the Great Recession”In the last two years, construction employment has fallen by 15.3 per cent”The construction industry faces tough times as it struggles to attract new construction workersThe construction sector employs around 8,000 people and is expected to lose around 15,000 jobs by 2020The construction and construction industry has been hit by the global financial crisis.
A massive loss of skilled workers is set to impact construction jobs as a result of the government’s new rules that restrict overseas labour.”
The economy is on a downward trend, the industry is losing jobs, there is a lot of uncertainty in the sector and the construction industry,” said Steve Tuff, a senior associate at research firm Deloitte.”
There’s a lot going on that’s quite worrying.
“The Government has said the new rules will prevent the construction sector from contracting out.
But industry experts say that is not the case.
The Construction Industry Union of Australia (CIAU) said it was concerned the Government’s new restrictions on overseas workers would force businesses to close their doors.”
We’re going to be losing more of our people than we’re bringing in,” CIAU state secretary Andrew Scott said.”
This will impact the industry negatively, the jobs that are going to go will be lost, and the industry will lose money.
“He said the industry was already experiencing a drop in skilled workforce due to the global downturn.”
That’s why the Government wants to lock us out of our industry,” he said.
Mr Scott said the Government needed to take a closer look at how the rules would impact construction workers.”
They need to take into account the reality of what we’re doing, that the Government is making this a business decision, not an economic decision,” he says.”
How much longer will we have to wait until we get the right type of construction worker to fill those jobs?
“We need to do a bit more than just say ‘oh, we’ll let you have some of those foreign workers’ because we’ve got to get the construction workforce right.”
Mr Scott says the new restrictions will force many businesses to “pinch and squeeze” construction workers, forcing them to move overseas.
“If you are in a business where you are contracting out, there are people you are going after,” he told ABC Radio Melbourne.
“Because we can’t recruit new construction people, you’ve got all sorts of jobs that have to be outsourced.”
He says many of the companies he has spoken to are already “in limbo” and “they’ve had to make hard choices”.
“There are companies where there’s no workers and they’ve just had to look at other options,” he added.
“And the more that we can look at this, the more likely we are to see those businesses re-opening.”‘
The Government is a complete mess’Federal Labor says the Government should consider “what would be a reasonable way to accommodate the needs of all workers, not just the contractors” and stop cutting corners on the new immigration rulesThe new restrictions are set to be announced on Wednesday.
“I think they are going in the wrong direction,” Labor’s immigration spokesman, Anthony Albanese, told ABC Melbourne.”[The Government] are a complete joke, they’re just in a mess.”
Mr Albanese said the rules were a “shambles”.
“They are taking away the ability of employers to have fair bargaining with the workers,” he continued.
“In other words, it’s just taking away a worker’s right to bargain for fair wages and conditions, it does nothing for the economy and it doesn’t solve the underlying issue that is we have an economy that is out of control.”‘
Unfair’ restrictions ‘unfair and unfair’Under the new legislation, employers are allowed to recruit foreign workers who are at least 20 years old and can speak English.
“Those rules do not address the needs and concerns of workers in Australia,” Mr Albanese says.
“The Government’s legislation ignores those concerns and has resulted in an unfair and unfair situation for the construction and tourism industries.”
He also says the restrictions will have a knock-on effect on other industries.
“It’s an unfair situation,” he explains.
“Some employers, when they hire foreign workers, will have to do more in terms of training and employment contracts and then those employers will be able to undercut other employers and undercut workers who have been undercut by foreign workers.”‘
It’s a huge opportunity for Australia’Construction and construction workers are the backbone of the Australian economy, employing around 8.5 million people.
Mr Tuff says many companies are now trying to recruit workers from overseas, in a bid to compete with the industry.
“You’re going through a very difficult time, you’re going into an economy where wages are very low and demand is very low,” he explained.
“So there are many employers who are just looking