Rail, Aviation and Transport

Rail, Aviation and Transport

ChAFTA set to pass parliament

Paul Lister - Wednesday, October 21, 2015

To all ETU Members
 
Today’s announcement that the Federal government has cut a deal with the Labor party to pass the Chafta enabling legislation is gutting.
 
Since the day it was announced the ETU has been on the front foot campaigning against the anti-worker elements of the China FTA.
 
The protections that have been secured are woefully inadequate. The narrowness of the labour market testing provisions still leave the door open for the driving down of conditions and the exploitation of migrant workers.
 
The comparative weakness of the licensing regulation changes means that there are still serious safety concerns around the removal of mandatory skills testing.
 
We recognise the value of compromise and negotiated outcomes, but this deal is not acceptable. The amendments might be better than nothing, but not by much.
 
This deal stinks. Even though it appears our political options are exhausted the campaign will continue.
 
Working Australians have a right to know what this rotten Turnbull government has done.
 
We will continue our campaign from now until the next Federal election and beyond to ensure we get rid of these anti-worker elements.
 
Our fight continues to protect our jobs, our safety and our sovereignty.
 
Proud to be Union
 
Allen Hicks - National Secretary