We're not bringing in foreign workers: Hanson

Hanson shoots down TWU claims that the company is attempting to bring in 170 workers from overseas on 457 visas

By Ruza Zivkusic-Aftasi | July 25, 2013

Hanson has shot down union claims the construction company is trying to bring in 170 workers on 457 visas, saying it has no plans of employing foreign labour.

A spokesman for the firm, Craig Badings, says Hanson does not employ anyone on a 457 visa and has no intention of doing so in Australia.

The Queensland branch of the Transport Workers Union (TWU) yesterday accused Hanson of applying to the Department of Immigration to import workers without first offering jobs to locals.

"Contrary to a media announcement provided by the Transport Workers Union, Hanson does not employ anyone on a 457 visa and has no intention of using 457 foreign labour in any state," Badings says.

"It has always employed local drivers and will continue to do so."

Badings says the TWU’s misinformed claims could have stemmed from an application the company made two years ago specifically for areas that may be affected by labour shortages as a result of the resources boom.

"This was always an interim measure only to be used in instances where the company was unable to employ local labour in places like north west Australia," Badings says.

"No worker was ever employed off the back of this application."

The TWU also accused Hanson of wanting to use foreign truck drivers in 18 new concrete agitators the company recently ordered.

However, Badings says Hanson is replacing 15 of its old trucks with new models.

"The trucks were over 13 years old and as a result formed part of its normal vehicle replacement program," he says.

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