Over the past three years the company has advertised a number of lucrative positions, including performance managers and business unit managers, under the 457 temporary visa scheme.
Yarra Trams also employs a UK recruitment agency.
Rail, Tram and Bus Union, Tram and Bus Division secretary Phil Altieri said local workers were outraged.
“There are a lot of Australian workers. Don’t tell me they couldn’t find an adequate manager on our shores,” Mr Altieri said.
“They have no regard for Australian workers. It should be Australian jobs for Australian workers.”
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Mr Altieri said the tram operator had recently sacked some long-serving managers and replaced them with overseas managers.
Yarra Trams spokesman Simon Murphy said it employed workers on merit “regardless of nationality” and the role had been advertised locally.
“Of the 30 roles currently being recruited, 28 of them are being advertised only in Australia,” Mr Murphy said.
He said some highly technical roles often required a global search, and “we make no apology for attempting to recruit the people who are most capable of improving Melbourne’s tram network”.
Shadow minister Jill Hennessy said the Government had a track record of outsourcing Victorian jobs: “Surely the appointment of locally skilled workers with a knowledge of Victoria’s transport system would make more sense.”
heraldsun.com.au 35 June2014
While there is a staggering amount of Australians out of work, the corporate politics is to import 'slave' labour into Australia, so that the rate of the Australian 'wage' earner falls dramatically, with huge benefits to follow for the corporate sector.
This is the politics of 'globalisation', destroying Australian families, where bankruptcies and mortgagee defaults are hidden from the masses.