IR news: WorkChoices poll & skilled workers

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IR news: WorkChoices poll & skilled workers

The latest opinion poll has brought further bad news for John Howard and his Government on industrial relations, with an increase in the percentage of people who are opposed to WorkChoices.

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The latest opinion poll has brought further bad news for John Howard and his Government on industrial relations, with an increase in the percentage of people who are opposed to WorkChoices. Meanwhile, More than 40% of employers across the world are having trouble filling jobs, particularly for skilled trades people.

WorkChoices poll is bad news for PM

The latest opinion poll has brought further bad news for John Howard and his Government on industrial relations, with an increase in the percentage of people who are opposed to WorkChoices.

The Newspoll, published in today’s Australian, shows the proportion of people who think the Government’s IR changes are bad for the economy rising from 47% to 51%. Those who think they are good for the economy have fallen from 34% to 32%.

The poll shows 33% think they are worse off under WorkChoices while 14% says they are better off and 48% feel there has been no change, and a staggering 84% of voters say the IR laws will be ‘important’ in forming their voting intentions.

Labor continues to lead the Coalition in voter support by 57% to 43% (down slightly from 61% to 39%).

Rejected by families

The ACTU today said Australian working families are overwhelmingly rejecting John Howard’s new IR laws and the Government’s arguments that the laws are good for the economy and will create jobs says the ACTU.

‘Australian working families are overwhelmingly rejecting the Government’s IR laws,’ said ACTU Secretary Greg Combet.

‘The truth about John Howard’s IR laws, which the public understands, is that these IR laws are not an economic reform. This is just John Howard misusing his Senate majority to exercise his old, tired and out-of-touch ideologies and prejudices.’

Combet said Australia ‘does not need John Howard’s IR laws to have a strong economy’.

‘Get rid of them’, says ACTU

‘These laws are bad for working families and what we will see in time is that the pay and conditions for all workers will slowly but surely be worn down,’ he said. ‘The only way to ensure more workers won’t be hurt by these IR laws is to get rid of them.’

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Employers desperate for skilled workers

More than 40% of employers across the world are having trouble filling jobs, particularly for skilled trades people.

Manpower Australia’ annual talent shortage survey, revealed that 41 percent of employers are seeking employees in such areas as sales representatives, skilled manual trades people and technicians for production/ operations, engineering and maintenance.

The company surveyed nearly 37,000 employers across 27 countries and territories, including 2,486 in Australia, as a follow-up to its 2006 survey, to determine which positions employers are having difficulty filling this year due to lack of available talent.

Top 10 in need

The top 10 positions that employers in Australia are having difficulty filling in 2007 compared with 2006 are (ranked in order):

 

2007 Hot Jobs

2006 Hot Jobs

1. Skilled Manual Trades (primarily electricians, boiler makers or welders)

1. Sales Representatives

2. Engineers

2. Engineers

3. Sales Representatives

3. Skilled Trades (primarily welders, boiler makers, plumbers)

4. Accounting & Finance Staff

4. Accountants

5. Labourers

5. Technicians (primarily production/operations, engineering or maintenance)

6. Management/Executives

6. Drivers

7. Drivers

7. Mechanics

8. Machinists/Machine Operators

8. Receptionist

9. Technicians

9. Administrative Assistants & PAs

10. Administrative Assistants & PAs

10. IT Staff (primarily programmers/developers)

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