Virtue signalling ACTU secretary, Sally McManus, has lambasted the Morrison Government for not providing JobKeeper and JobSeeker subsidies to migrant workers on temporary visas:
“If people are stuck in our country, we can’t let them starve”. Many visa workers can’t leave the country and the borders are closed. The union won #JobKeeper wage subsidy must be extended for visa workers and more casuals. #wagesubsidyforall #leavenoworkerbehind @sallymcmanus pic.twitter.com/MPVCPSO30g
— Australian Unions (@unionsaustralia) April 8, 2020
The overwhelming majority of commentors have opposed Sally McManus’ view, urging the ACTU to put Australian worker’s first:
Too right. The ACTU stood by passively while the federal government ramped-up temporary and permanent migration to absurd levels:
This has unambiguously oversupplied the labour market, contributing to anaemic wage growth:
With Australia now facing mass unemployment, alongside falling incomes, the absolute last thing workers need is for 2.3 million temporary migrants to remain in Australia competing with locals for scarce jobs, as well as strong inflows of ‘skilled’ permanent migrants.
The ACTU must represent Australian workers and demand the Morrison Government send large numbers of “temporary” visa holders back to their home countries, as well as halve the permanent migrant intake.
This is the only way to balance labour supply with demand, and safeguard Australian workers.