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.
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.
Across the course of this year Finnish packaging manufacturer and supplier Huhtamaki has been conducting a targeted and deliberate campaign to prevent and destabilise union membership at its US sites, with only 6 of the 21 sites being unionised.
The United Steelworkers has called them out on their attempts to restrict their workers freedom of association and prevent them from joining a Union.