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Minister moves to protect overseas workers.

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Senator Chris Evans Minister for Immigration and Citizenship

Minister moves to protect overseas workers

Thursday 4 September 2008

The Workplace Ombudsman’s investigation into McDermott Industries (Australia) highlights the vulnerability of overseas workers and the need to ensure that they are not used to undermine local wages and conditions.

The wages paid by McDermott Industries to its employees are totally unacceptable and will not be tolerated by the Rudd Government.

The original decision by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship to grant Subclass 456 visas to the employees was based on legal advice and information from McDermott Industries that its workers would be outside the Australian Migration Zone when employed on the barge.

I accept the findings of the Workplace Ombudsman which found that as the gas pipeline being laid by the workers on the DB30 barge touched the seabed, the workers were within the Migration Zone.

As a result, I have directed my Department to take steps to ensure that in future, people employed on vessels carrying out similar work will be required to apply for a Subclass 457 visa.

This will ensure that overseas workers employed within the Australian Migration Zone are properly paid and Australian wages and conditions are not undermined.

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