|My purple chair||
TWU: Tony Sheldon
Head of the Transport Workers Union,Tony Sheldon has been forced to 'eat humble pie' after it was revealed that some senior, union staff are holders of 457 visas.
ABC News reports that The Federal Government is promising to crack down on the use of 457 visas, arguing that Australian workers should be prioritised over foreign labour.
In an interview earlier this year Sheldon said he thought employers should be obliged to train Australians first and prioritise jobs for Australian workers.
"457 workers should only be brought in where there's real shortages," Sheldon added.
But the union has now confirmed three staff in its national office are employed under the visa system.
Mr Sheldon defended the three jobs saying that the staff in question were employed after the union was unable to find local staff for the positions.
He says the problem with 457 visas has always been "unscrupulous employers taking advantage of loopholes in the system".
Sheldon has declined a further interview request from the ABC following the revelation.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard is also receiving continued criticism regarding the 457 system after it was revealed that her Communications Director, John McTernan is also a 457 holder.
Liberal Senator Eric Abetz says the latest revelations involving the TWU undermine Labor's campaign.
Ms Gillard has rejected accusations the Government is being racist in its determination to crack down on the use of 457 visas.
Media mogul Rupert Murdoch yesterday said the Government's language around the issue was "pretty disgraceful and racist".
But Ms Gillard has rejected the claim.
"My job as Prime Minister is to make sure that Australians - Australian citizens - have their job opportunities put first," she said.