Business

Visa holder questions system as he struggles to find work

Marko Mayenzanise, a 457 work visa holder, is concerned about his family’s future after work dries up.
Marko Mayenzanise, a 457 work visa holder, is concerned about his family’s future after work dries up. Luka Kauzlaric

A ZIMBABWE man has questioned Australia's status as the lucky country as he fights to secure new work on a 457 visa in Gladstone.

Marko Mayenzanise hasn't given up, but is frustrated he cannot provide for his family while unemployed, as they're not entitled to benefits under the temporary visa system.

"If you can't get Centrelink or Medicare support you have to pay for everything, and when I don't have money where can I go?"

"Some people will say go back home but is that all that can be said?" he asked.

Mr Mayenzanise was sponsored to come to Gladstone, selling his family home to bring his wife and two children.

He came on a six-month contract in March last year, and has secured several short-term jobs since, but is now struggling to support his family.

"I was told I would get a lot of opportunities (to) get another job, and then it became a nightmare.

"I came here as a fitter and turner and I'm trying to get a job at Pizza Hut."

Mr Mayenzanise had hoped his four-year temporary visa would become permanent residency.

"A 457 means you've been admitted into the country to stay and work. You're as good as a local citizen," he said.

"What confuses me is, I've been able to come here legally and then I get treated as someone who's a border jumper."

His son Tanaka finished Year 12 last year and applied for a mechanical engineering apprenticeship, but was told because of the 457 visa he couldn't be accepted.

The Department of Immigration has said there were no work limitations on secondary holders of 457 visas.

Visa change means locals will be first pick

EMPLOYERS will be forced to prove they searched for local workers before sponsoring overseas workers in a crackdown on temporary work visas.

Changes to the 457 foreign worker visa scheme were passed in Federal Government despite the latest figures showing a cut in applications granted.

In Queensland alone the number of people on 457 visas decreased by 2.1% to 10,120 in the year to May.

The Immigration Department said most common occupations were cooks, meat workers and doctors.

Mechanical and civil engineers were also in the top 15.

The changes that came into effect on July 1 include an increased army of Fair Work inspectors to investigate potential breaches of the system.

The changes came after concern that some employers were rorting the system.

The Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union took evidence to the Federal Government after exposing recruitment schemes that forced hundreds of foreign workers into debt to repay loans of up to $20,000 for the right to work in Australia.

Under the changes employers have to conduct labour market testing, by taking out employment advertisements, to prove they searched for Australian workers before hiring temporary workers from overseas on 457 visas.

A union march along Goondoon St in April was a recent show that not everyone was happy with the 457 visas, with construction union national secretary Dave Noonan saying his members were concerned companies were relying too much on international workers on 457 visas.

Topics:  457 visas employment gladstone jobs



How to survive a bushfire in your car

IT SOUNDS like a nightmare, but it can happen.

Eight reasons to join the RFS

SPREAD across 93% of Queensland, the Rural Fire Service has about 36,000 volunteers. And you could be one of them.

What if my insurer gives me grief?

CLAIMING your insurance cover after a natural disaster can go one of two ways. It can be a breeze, or like pulling teeth.

Mum's terrifying run-in with machete man on Gladstone street

WEAPON: Whitehead said he grabbed his machete to confront the man threatening his dogs and followed him up the street.

"Come here you f****ing (expletives).” Gladstone man wields machete

CCTV footage busts McDonald's drive-thru prankster

Sam Gardner

AN early morning Macca's trip ended badly for this Gladstone teen

Bechtel workers await fate in ATO challenge

GLNG site tour on Curtis Island.

COLD-WATER poured on wide-travelling rumors Bechtel case is dead.

Local Partners

Taylor Lautner 'spotted smooching co-star'

Taylor Lautner has been romantically linked to Billie Lourd

David Beckham's tattoos come to life for UNICEF campaign

David Beckham has called for an end to violence against children

Pop star Liam Payne's Facebook hacked with porn

"Things that can happen to you when you don't have sex."

Tim Roth was abused by his grandfather

Tim Roth was abused by his grandfather during his childhood.

Leo designs shocker tattoo for Tom Hardy after lost bet

Leonardo DiCaprio has designed a new tattoo for Tom Hardy

Hollywood star at home on the Coffs Coast

FEELING LUCKY, SON?: Scott Eastwood visited the Coffs Coast

Guess which Hollywood star has been seen around the Coffs Coast?

Developer's grand new multi-million dollar estate

NEW ESTATE: This is the only plan revealed by the property developer's new Billabongs Estate in Agnes Water.

DEVELOPER given the go ahead for a massive estate with 149 homes.

Couple's desperate $550K price drop to sell Gladstone home

Brian Headley and Kirstene Staib are selling their Kin Kora mansion for $750,000.

TELL tale sign of Gladstone's property market.

Seven Gladstone homes selling right now leave experts shocked

PROPERTY GURUS pick seven properties that show market has hit bottom

Banks reclaim Gladstone homes as job losses bite

LONG FALL: Property experts Heron Todd say, based on key market indicators, Gladstone is still travelling to the bottom of the market, with property prices set to get cheaper.

Property valuers say Gladstone housing market hasn't hit the bottom

The million dollar property to test Mackay's market

This Victoria St building will go to auction Tuesday and investors will be watching closely to see how much it sells for.

'High profile architect designed CBD asset' goes to auction

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!