In what could be a rather upsetting blow to the incumbent Prime Minister of Australia, Malcolm Turnbull, the country’s High Court has reportedly ruled that the overseas employees--on the ships running in the money-making offshore resources business--must possess an Australian Work Visa, like the 457 Visa, and get bare minimum wages & conditions.
The ruling--given on August 31, this year--knocked over the administration reorganizations that permitted the workers from abroad, on some specific ships, to be on the pay roll and in a job minus having an Australian Work Visa. As per the High Court, Peter Dutton--the then Australian Immigration Minister--went beyond his authority, via approving exemptions from the nation’s migration zone.
Court Victory Will Care For Local Jobs, Claim Unions
Welcoming the High Court’s ruling, the Maritime manpower in the country have reportedly stated that it will be decisive, and assist to protect local jobs, while simultaneously preventing the abuse of the low-priced overseas labor force, which had become widespread across the 200 billion dollar offshore oil and gas business.
Allegedly, the chief outcome is that it puts a stop to the administration’s efforts to chip away at the jobs of the Australian seafarers in the offshore oil and gas business, which is what they did by throwing the doors of the business wide open to the overseas workers.
Australian Immigration Case to make it simpler for Offshore Manpower
In 2015, the Australian federal administration reportedly decided to exempt the dedicated foreign employees, on specific some offshore oil and gas rigs, from necessitating an Australian Work Visa in general. The decision nullified the improvements earlier made by the Gillard Labor administration, which expanded the Australian Work Visa conditions to such rigs, making them component of the migration zone.
In the wake of the High Court’s ruling, Dutton reportedly stated that the immunities s had been given to defend jobs and solidify the future of the country’s offshore resources business even as he termed the decision as highly unsatisfactory.
He added that the decision to turn over the recent government reorganizations will generate more bureaucracy, boost costs for the industry, while cutting down the general competitiveness of one of the nation’s leading export earners.
Unions Claim Inducement to Appoint Cheap Overseas Workers
But, the union officials, representing workers across the trade, claim that the decision of the Turnbull regime, to exempt the overseas staff from needing an Australian Work Visa, served as an inducement for the firms to enlist foreign manpower on the cheap, while completely abandoning safety standards and working situations.
Union envoys reportedly proclaimed that the protracted legal-challenge against the Turnbull regime’s reforms was a matter of if the nationals possess the authority to do a job in their own offshore business.
As per the union, the Abbott and Turnbull administrations made shoddy and repeated efforts to exclude any requirements for the foreign employees on some offshore missions to hold Work Visas, despite the fact that they were proffering their professional services inside the limits of the Australian waters.
Hailing the ruling, the union added that it was a BIG win for the labor force even as the result denotes that to work in the Australian waters one must either be a national or possess the nation’s work rights.
Expertise & Experience among Australian Employees
It is claimed that the officers’ union had over 170 jobless members, each and every one of them with the essential skills and preferred experience to do the work on offshore vessels. In the meantime, the Maritime Union of Australia disclosed that 1,000-plus employees were presently without a job.
In the meantime, Dutton reportedly condemned Labor for falling apart under the weight of the demands made by its ‘union masters’, at the cost of safeguarding the national economic interests when expanding the nation’s migration region, to take in the outsiders in the offshore resources trade back in 2013.