THEY clean toilets, drive taxis and wait on tables - jobs "beneath" so many Australians the Government is considering importing thousands of migrant workers to fill some critically short-staffed industries.
A growing underclass is developing in Australia, once revered for its work ethic, where entire occupations are being left almost entirely to foreigners.
Experts say high-paying mining jobs are luring young Australian workers from traditional fields such as retail and hospitality, while others would rather go on the dole than muck in and do certain jobs themselves.
"I hate to say it, but there does seem to be a sense of entitlement now among younger Australians," Tourism Accommodation Australia boss Rodger Powell said.
"They believe jobs in the service industry are too menial or too low paid and they have been brought up to believe they are destined for something better instead of starting from the bottom and working their way up as generations did before them."
The hospitality and tourism industry is so short-staffed the Government is in discussions to import 36,000 cooks, waiters and bartenders to fill vacancies.
Another 56,000 will be needed by 2015, according to Federal Immigration Minister Chris Bowen.
Under the plan, tourism and hospitality employers would be able to bring in workers on a two or three-year visa, similar to the 457 visa program widely used in the mining sector.
"Of course employers would need to show they are doing their best to employ and train domestic workers and paying market rates," Mr Bowen said.
While hospitality is struggling to fill vacancies, some sectors are being shunned.
"It's very rare to have an Australian work as a commercial cleaner," Australian Cleaning Contractors' Alliance director John Laws said.
A spokeswoman for the cleaning union United Voice said competition for contracts was so fierce some companies bid at a loss and used illegal practices such as cash-in-hand payments.
A black market of illegal workers is said to extend across other businesses, such as restaurants and general labouring.
heraldsun.com.au 28 Jan 2012
Another propaganda story that hides the hidden agenda.
Migrants are not only bought in to do the 'rubbish' jobs but are a highly sought out resource in many other fields / professions.
The government is bringing in cheap slave labour by the plane ( and NOT boat) load to lower the cost of Australian labour.
The banking, Information Technology, sales, food services, sales and many other industries are all being occupied by illegal migrant labour in which the government is deliberately turing a blind eye to.
Interviews with migrant students have confirmed the 'backdoor' the government is knowlingly offering to support the slave labour market, which in turn supports the economy.