America to fill skilled labor gap in Australia

The government of Australia announced on Monday that it will be giving quick-visas to the skilled labor of America, such as plumbers and electricians, to come work in Australia especially in the mining industry.

The Skills Minister of the government, Chris Evans, made the announcement today that the process will involve linking the skilled labor of America to the employers of Australia so the accurate demand of skilled labor is met within Australia. He said, “This is a great opportunity to address skill shortages in Australia by filling shortfalls in particular areas with qualified candidates from the US, with applications expected to open from mid-April.”

The Australian Council of Trade Union has commented on the advancement made by the government and stated that importing skilled labor is a desperate attempt which needs to be reviewed independently. ACTU has claimed that there are no requests put forward by mining magnates about any such need for skilled labor which is not met by the Australian labor. They also accused the government of making a short-sighted decision as the only benefit of importing labor is the reduced cost to get short term workers and nothing else.

According to the legal procedures, US employees with skills in the required industry will be given priority but will have to go through the procedure for provisional licenses. Moreover, individuals coming in Australia under this scheme will be assessed before given the provisional visa.

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