The Federal Government’s rush to quickly conclude a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with China betrays Tony Abbott's lack of negotiating skills, given that it was clear from the start that the coal tariff is just a clever ploy by the Chinese Government to get the deal done by the time of the G20 meeting in Brisbane.
CFMEU National Secretary Michael O’Connor recently returned from a trip to China, where he had a number of meetings including with Chinese officials.
The reported rejection of the Drayton South mine extension is a blow to Hunter jobs, the Miners Union said today.
CFMEU Mining and Energy Northern District President Peter Jordan said Drayton workers would be devastated at hearing the news via the media this morning.
“It is an appalling way for this news to be delivered,” said Mr Jordan.
“Over 500 Drayton mineworkers rely on Drayton coal for their livelihood. The extension would have given them secure employment into the future.
The CFMEU does not tolerate corruption in its ranks. It is on the public record that the leadership will not stand by anyone who is not acting in the best interests of the members and any official found to be engaging in corrupt activity will be stood down. It takes allegations of any such behavior seriously and has no hesitation to act when credible evidence is produced that officials have acted with impropriety.