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Business calls for 'catch-up' transition as participants sit ahead of Albanian jobs summit

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Large companies hope to give a “catch-up boost” to permanent migration, with at least two-thirds of the places going to skilled workers.

In a proposal for next month’s Summit on Jobs and Skills, Australian Economic Council CEO Jennifer Westacott said: “There are not enough people to do things, so visa approvals across all categories are slowing down. He also stressed the need to address the “backlog” immediately.

Migration, labor market reform and skills shortages will be central issues at the summit. After the weekend’s report, the government had hoped to increase its intake of immigrants to between 180,000 and 200,000, but Skills and Training Minister Brendan O’Connor told reporters the government had not yet decided on a number. said.

The planned level for the 2022-2023 migration program under Morrison was 160,000, of which 109,900 were skilled workers.

Immigration has always been a delicate debate, both in terms of numbers and the balance between importing skills and training locals.

Mr Westacott said: and the right to health services.”

On workplace relations, he said the summit needed to agree on the need to “restore the role of collective bargaining as the centerpiece” of the system “to produce better outcomes for both workers and employers”.

“We had to make it accessible to different types of employers. We also had to make it much simpler and easier to navigate.”

“By restoring the ability of enterprise contracts to be a true substitute for awards, we can reinvigorate innovation and investment to drive productivity and real wage growth.

“To succeed, we need to remove the bureaucracy and obstacles that prevent companies, unions and workers from negotiating new agreements in a simple, accessible and effective way.”

Westacott said the higher education system needs to be redesigned in relation to improving skills. There must be greater interoperability between VET and higher education, putting learners and their employers at the center. ”

Last week, the ACTU released its first document ahead of the summit, in which it called for labor market regulation “so that real wages rise in parallel with labor productivity.”

Also, imposing excess profits on businesses that have made windfall profits as a result of the current inflation, and the introduction of a third phase of tax cuts enacted that “will only benefit high-income households and exacerbate inflationary pressures.” asked to stop.

The government has ruled out the superprofit tax and refused to cut it, and Treasury Secretary Jim Chalmers has quickly distanced himself from these calls from the union.

The summit saw federal opposition 6 to 7, with opposition leader Peter Dutton refusing an invitation to attend, but Nationals leader David Littleproud said he was willing to vote to represent his local community. He has stated that he hopes to go to

Chalmers will release the summit discussion papers this week.