Union backs demand for higher apprentice wages
"We need Apprentices now more than ever and apprentices deserve to be paid more."
The CFMEU has been pushing for higher rates for apprentices as a means to tackle the skill shortages for many years. This was a key element of our 10 Point Plan to cut skill shortages. New research for Group Training Australia now backs this argument.
At a time the economy of China was on the rise and with India coming on stream, the Howard Government cut the guts out of vocational training in Australia. The time for excuses and bad foresight is over. The ball is firmly in the court of both Federal and State governments along with private enterprise to encourage greater apprenticeship participation and training.
Read the CFMEU's 10 Point Plan to cut skill shortages (Nov 2005): Apprentices - Building Australia's future: CFMEU's 10 point plan to address skill shortages.