Aussie truckers ‘wanted to do a job for us’
In a bid to boost productivity, trucking companies have been hiring more Australian drivers in a bid for more work, according to the Federal Government.
The boom in trucking has been spurred by the Federal government’s announcement last week that it would increase the number of foreign workers to about 40,000 by 2021.
While the increase in the number is well below what Australia needed in order to maintain a healthy economy, the number being hired is the largest on record, with a total of 1,700 drivers from 14 countries.
The latest figures were released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) on Wednesday.
Mr Morrison has been working to increase the employment rate for truckers by 10 per cent over the next four years.
“This is a great opportunity for trucking to get more Australians into the work force,” Mr Morrison said.
The Federal Government said that the increase was part of a plan to help boost Australia’s productivity. “
It’s a great time to be driving a truck.”
The Federal Government said that the increase was part of a plan to help boost Australia’s productivity.
“Our efforts to increase productivity in our economy are driven by the economic, social and environmental benefits we are seeing,” said Mr Morrison.
“The increase in foreign drivers will create a further boost to Australia’s economy.”
However, there has been a backlash from some of the more vocal Australian truckers.
One of them, the former trucking driver and former Liberal MP John Rolfe, said that he was not expecting a boost to his own business.
“I was surprised, I was expecting a little bit more, but I’m not expecting any change to my business,” he said.
“[The foreign drivers] are people who have a job, they’re not truckers, they just want to do their job.”
“We are not going to get anything for it.”
The Government says that it has also created about 600 jobs for drivers and maintenance staff over the past four years, and has plans to hire more truck drivers.
But the Federal Opposition has argued that the boost to the trucking industry is too little too late, and that the Government is just looking to increase numbers at the expense of Australians.
Senator Nick Xenophon said that this would not be the case.
“What we need to do is look at the people that are actually going to work for the Government, not the people who are going to be truckers,” he told the ABC.
“They are going for a job they know that they’re going to make a living off, not to be able to pay their bills.”
“That is what we need now.”
The number of truckers in Australia has been growing since at least 2005, when the country had about 1.4 million drivers.
At the time, there were around 4,000 foreign truckers living in Australia.
The Government announced a number of measures in order for the economy to remain strong.
The introduction of a 457 visa for drivers was introduced in 2012, allowing truckers to work up to six days a week, with up to $300 in benefits and tax breaks.
This year, there will be a new 457 visa that allows workers to work as many days as they like.
“Dealing with the 457 visa has not been a problem, we’ve had about 100,000 applications for that, so we’re well on track,” Mr Abbott said.
Mr Abbott has also said that there will now be no further increases to the number or type of workers coming to Australia.