There’s been some recent news that is sure to make mining magnate Gina Rinehart happy – the federal government has approved the first Enterprise Migration Agreement. Put simply, this means as many as 1715 migrant workers will be hired to help with the multi billion dollar Roy Hill project.
Does this signal the beginning of the end for high paying mining jobs for Australians at the expense of cheap import labour?
Many Australian workers are outraged to see these opportunities handed elsewhere, though Rinehart is adamant that a shortage in skilled labour here in Australia has forced her to look overseas.
We spoke with Allen Hicks, Deputy National Secretary from the Electrical Trades Union, about the outcome for Australian workers.
Produced by: Michael Roelink