Monday, 24 November 2014

The Federal Government's trade deal with China announced this week would hurt jobs in the Latrobe Valley's timber and paper industries warned the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU).

The deal will abolish the 5% tariff on Chinese copy paper and paper products. Imports have already contributed to nearly half of all pulp and paper jobs in Australia being lost over the last decade.

Even before this announcement, China was exporting 30 million reams of copy paper to Australia per year, or more than one third of what Australians use.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Mineworkers from around Australia will attend BHP's AGM in Adelaide today to protest practises they say are alienating workers and communities and tarnishing the company's reputation.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

A media report today that Chinese property developer Greenland Holdings is urging relaxation of visa restrictions in the wake of the China Free Trade Agreement was a sign that the deal would open the door to imported labour.

CFMEU National Secretary Michael O'Connor said the Chinese property developer's call to make it easier to bring in Chinese construction workers flew in the face of assurances by the Abbott Government that this would not be the case.

He said such a move would be disastrous in the current economic climate.

Monday, 17 November 2014

With unemployment at a 12-year high, local workers struggling to find a job will not welcome today's announcement of a free trade agreement with China, said CFMEU National Secretary Michael O'Connor.

Under the trade deal, the Abbott Government has agreed to a mechanism to allow Chinese investors to bring in their own workforce for large infrastructure projects above $150 million.

Sunday, 16 November 2014

The CFMEU has called on the Royal Commission to reject biased and unsubstantiated submissions of the Counsel Assisting and make findings based on facts.

CFMEU National Construction Secretary Dave Noonan described the submissions and their recommendations as a complete whitewash, fuelled by anti-union prejudice.

“This Commission was set up, funded, and had its terms dictated by the Abbott Liberal Government,” Mr Noonan said. “Nobody should be surprised that these submissions line up with a predetermined outcome and deliver exactly what was expected of them.