Too Australian to find work: Young woman claims she can't get a job because employers only want overseas staff – and a big union supports her claim
- Charley Newton, 20, visits Queensland from her native South Australia
- She said she has signed up for more than 20 births, including fruit picking
- & # 39; As soon as I said I was Aussie, I didn't get an answer & # 39 ;, she said about one job
- Steve Baker from the Australian Workers & Union said farmers prefer foreigners
An Australian backpacker has claimed that she was rejected for 20 jobs in the countryside foreign travelers.
Charley Newton, 20, visits rural Queensland from South Australia but has difficulty finding work.
She has requested more than 20 births, including fruit picking, but claims that she has not been accepted due to her nationality.
Charley Newton (photo), 20, visits rural Queensland from South Australia but has difficulty finding work
The backpacker (photo) has applied for more than 20 deliveries, including fruit picking, but claims that she has not been accepted due to her nationality
& # 39; Once I said I was Aussie, I didn't get a response back & # 39 ;, she told Today Tonight about one of her applications.
Miss Newton said that after being rejected several times, she posted a message to a local Facebook group saying she was looking for seasonal work.
& # 39; I received a lot of responses from people who said & # 39; good luck – you are Australian, Australians are not taking part here & # 39;, & # 39; she said.
Steve Baker from the Australian Workers & # 39; Union told the program that farmers prefer foreign backpackers on work visas for Australians because they & # 39; do not understand their rights & # 39 ;.
& # 39; At the end of the day, Aussie employees are not lazy & # 39 ;, Baker said.
& # 39; They are overlooked because overseas employees are easier to exploit. & # 39;
The show compared Miss Newton's situation with two German backpackers Hannes and Jannik, who found work in Queensland.
They said they liked working in Australia because the wages were so much better than in Europe and the hours were more flexible.
& # 39; We are happy with any work where we can get money and we do not have to sign a long-term contract, & # 39; they said.
Miss Newton (left) said that after being rejected several times, she posted a message to a local Facebook group saying she was looking for seasonal work
Miss Newtown (photo) said her plan was to go back to South Australia and find work there
& # 39; In Germany, everything comes with a contract. & # 39;
Miss Newtown said her plan was to go back to South Australia and find work there.
Australia offers work visa visas for people from 42 countries around the world.
The visa allows young adults to stay and work in Australia for one year.
To extend the visa for a second year, the applicant must work for weeks in certain sectors.
80,305 of these visas were issued in the six months to 31 December.
A total of 18,812 work visa visas were issued in the six months to 31 December 2018.
About 92 percent of the second-year applicants indicated that they did agricultural work to qualify, about seven percent did construction work, and less than one percent did mining.