The mining boom is creating massive wealth for the select few, but there are also many Australians missing out. Mining and construction companies prefer to import guestworkers rather than employ locals. Manufacturing jobs are disappearing due to the high Australian dollar caused by the boom. Mining communities are suffering from underinvestment in transport, hospitals and schools. These are our resources, our jobs and our future. Let’s make the boom work for all Australians.
We need to level the playing field so that the manufacturing industry can be given a chance to survive the harsh economic conditions it is currently facing. Unless this happens, when the mining boom ends, we will be left with nothing to show for the boom except empty mines and closed factories.
Australian workers are missing out on mining construction jobs whilst the number of temporary overseas workers on 457 visas has skyrocketed. By bringing in so many temporary workers, the likes of Gina Rinehart seek to create a pool of cheap and exploitable labour in order to undermine our wages and conditions. Australian workers should have a have a legally enforceable first right to these jobs.
Gone are the days when mining companies invested in social infrastructure such as housing, schools and hospitals to make mining towns liveable and create robust regional hubs. These days more than 100,000 workers spend up to 5 weeks at a time away from their families.