Campbelltown MP Greg Warren and Campbelltown Chamber of Commerce president Glenn Creecy said state government contractors should be encouraged to employ local residents, not overseas workers.
The calls come after it was revealed those bidding for a $100 million state government IT service contract will need to hire at least one third of their programmers from overseas.
It’s estimated that at least 300 jobs will be sent overseas in the first three years.
Mr Warren and Mr Creecy said those jobs would provide a much-needed boost for the Macarthur region.
Quotes attributed to Campbelltown MP Greg Warren:
“Those jobs should be headed to Campbelltown.
“The Macarthur region is one of the fastest growing region’s in Australia.
“Already, far too many of our residents have to traverse outside Campbelltown’s borders for work – and that situation will only worsen as more people chose to reside in this wonderful regional city.
“Those 300 plus jobs would provide our local economy with a much-needed shot in the arm.
“Premier Gladys Berejiklian penned an opinion piece in June this year in which she acknowledged the importance of creating more jobs in western Sydney.
“The decision to demand state government contractors employ overseas workers directly contradicts that opinion piece.
“The overseas workers mandate is not only an abomination, it also shows the Premier and this Liberal Government don’t give one iota about western Sydney and Campbelltown residents job – or lack of job – prospects.
“Campbelltown and the wider Macarthur need jobs right here, right now.
“I urge the Premier to ditch this overseas employees mandate and to focus on jobs in Macarthur.
“Premier you were elected to serve in the best interests of the people of NSW.
“This decision is not in the best interests of the people of NSW.”
Quotes attributed to Campbelltown Chamber of Commerce president Glenn Creecy:
“From a business and Campbelltown Chamber of Commerce perspective, we would much prefer those 300 jobs go to our region’s residents to drive our local economy.
“We are already seeing technology take away work for many you people.
“We should be looking to support our own area and local residents first.”