Quote: Originally Posted by JLM
In matters pertaining to labour common sense doesn't apply.
I really can't see what sort of "common sense" you are working off here.
You listed three points in your first post. You want workers to be judged on competence, work ethic, and ensure that local people have first dibs.
Raising the cost of temporary foreign workers addresses all of those concerns. Obviously companies are going to look for local workers first if it costs them more to bring in foreign workers. If foreign workers cost more and they can get local workers for cheaper, they would never pay the higher foreign worker rates unless the foreign worker is better at the job in some way. All else the same, they would always go with the local worker since it would be cheaper and there would be less red tape.
Where do you see an issue in this?