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Published: 11 Jan 2018
WA has recently undergone a severe economic downturn. The CFMEU has been working tirelessly to ensure that wages and conditions remain fair.
The Ritz Carlton Hotel Project at Elizabeth Quay and will employ at least 150 ceiling fixers. “Express Interiors” has been awarded the contract, the largest ceiling fixing contract for 2018.
In 2017, Secretary Mick Buchan personally met with Express Interiors. They advised that they would both sign on to the industry agreement, and seek to hire West Australian workers. These are not unusual requests, but they’re important to maintain the decent standard of work that we’ve worked hard to implement.
Express has now advised the union that they intend to hire a workforce based on race. They also indicated that many of these workers would likely be brought over from Sydney and Melbourne in order to achieve this goal.
This company will make millions working in WA – they should be hiring workers on two criteria only: do they live in WA? and are they qualified to do the work?
It’s hard to believe that a company would come to Western Australia and ignore the hundreds of locals who are ready and willing to work. It’s completely unthinkable that they would then openly admit that they’re seeking a workforce based on race, and that they’ll even bring people from interstate to achieve that.
WA needs jobs, and we’ll fight for those jobs. In response to this, your union intends to present Express Interior with the resumes of as many ceiling fixers who are keen to do the work as we possibly can. If you’re keen to get onto the project doing ceiling fixing, flushing or ceiling fixing labouring, email a resume and expression of interest to [email protected].
If you have more questions about the work and your expression of interest for it contact our office on 9228 6900 and ask for Doug.
If your resume needs an update, or you don’t have one, you can take advantage of our free resume service. Contact our office on 9228 6900 to make an appointment.
It’s vitally important that all Western Australia workers are given first crack at jobs in WA – free from any discrimination or unfair hiring practises.
Please pass this on to anyone you think would be interested in this opportunity.