Requested about Westacott’s steered migrant consumption of 220,000, McManus informed this system, “properly, we’ve mentioned a bit lower than that, however , across the identical determine”, including everlasting migration was extra conducive to the long-term purpose of accelerating wages.
On Wednesday, ACTU president Michele O’Neil mentioned the union believed there was settlement on shifting the system again in the direction of everlasting migration.
“We’ve received an awesome historical past on this nation of everlasting migrants coming right here and making an infinite contribution as they keep, and their households keep and develop up on this nation. That’s the steadiness sheet we wish to see return, and we additionally wish to guarantee that we stamp out exploitation,” she mentioned.
In agreeing to a rise within the migration cap, the ACTU desires to see the abolition of visa situations that tie employees to a single employer, changing single-employer sponsorships with industry-wide preparations to handle reliable expertise shortages, and lifting the minimal wage for non permanent expert employees, so that they’re in step with common fulltime earnings.