Thousands of foreign workers to fill WA jobs

Labour specialist Cape Australia has plans to import 2062 foreign tradespeople to fill empty mining jobs in Western Australia.

The Sunday Times reports most of the international talent will fill roles on the North West Shelf, where Chevron is developing large natural gas projects.

The Sunday Times reports BHP Billiton, Fortescue Metals Group, and Rio Tinto are also expected to make use of the labour.

Cape's plan is the latest in a growing trend of companies looking overseas to fill empty resources jobs.

Officials from the Immigration Department told The Sunday Times Cape's plan for 2062 workers was "much greater than any previous labour agreement submission the Department has received".

While the application has not yet received Government approval the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union said it "ought to be rejected out of hand".

The CFMEU has previously led protests against the use of enterprise migration agreements in the mining industry, and has targeted Chevron and Gina Rinehart's Roy Hill project for using foreign workers.

Australian Mining has reached out to BHP and Rio about their plans to use Cape's international labour, and we'll update the story as responses come through.

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