Thousands rally in Brisbane against ChAFTA

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Unions and members of the public have rallied outside the Joint Community on Treaties hearing in Brisbane today, calling for anti-worker elements of the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement to be removed.

The Electrical Trades Union joined the trade union rally against the agreement, with over 5000 people converging on the streets outside the Commonwealth Law Courts.
 
The rally heard passionate speeches against the anti-worker elements of ChAFTA from ACTU President Ged Kearney, Labor Senator Sue Lines, ETU National Secretary Allen Hicks, QCU Assistant Secretary Ros McLennan and MUA Secretary Bob Carnegie, as well as Queensland Senator Glen Lazarus.
 
In a resolution moved at the rally, ETU Queensland and NT state secretary Peter Simpson recognised the importance of an economic relationship with China to Australia’s future prosperity, but described the agreement as it stands as being not in the national interest.
 
“It was great to see so many Australian workers and their families come together to voice their opposition to this disastrous deal,” said ETU national secretary Allen Hicks. 
 
“In their communities around the state and the country, people are waking up to the fact that Abbott has been out-negotiated, has messed this up, and has sold them out.” 
 
Specifically unions are concerned the agreement:
 
-       Takes away employment opportunities for domestic workers
-       Erodes industrial safety standards
-       Exposes future governments to litigation
-       Places unprecedented power in the hands of corporations, at the expense of Australian sovereignty
-       Impedes future governments to legislate in the interest of the country
The attendees resolved to fight the agreement while it contained elements which disadvantaged and restricted local access to work, and left Chinese workers open to exploitation.
 
The rally is the second in a series of national protests against the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement after unions gathered to condemn ChAFTA at the Labor National Conference on Friday.
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Media contact: Lachlan Williams – 0447 682 027 lachlan@etuaustralia.org.au
MEDIA RELEASE: Monday July 27, 2015
Thousands rally in Brisbane against ChAFTA
Unions and members of the public have rallied outside the Joint Community on Treaties hearing in Brisbane today, calling for anti-worker elements of the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement to be removed.
 
The Electrical Trades Union joined the trade union rally against the agreement, with over 5000 people converging on the streets outside the Commonwealth Law Courts.
 
The rally heard passionate speeches against the anti-worker elements of ChAFTA from ACTU President Ged Kearney, Labor Senator Sue Lines, ETU National Secretary Allen Hicks, QCU Assistant Secretary Ros McLennan and MUA Secretary Bob Carnegie, as well as Queensland Senator Glen Lazarus.
 
In a resolution moved at the rally, ETU Queensland and NT state secretary Peter Simpson recognised the importance of an economic relationship with China to Australia’s future prosperity, but described the agreement as it stands as being not in the national interest.
 
“It was great to see so many Australian workers and their families come together to voice their opposition to this disastrous deal,” said ETU national secretary Allen Hicks. 
 
“In their communities around the state and the country, people are waking up to the fact that Abbott has been out-negotiated, has messed this up, and has sold them out.” 
 
Specifically unions are concerned the agreement:
 
-       Takes away employment opportunities for domestic workers
-       Erodes industrial safety standards
-       Exposes future governments to litigation
-       Places unprecedented power in the hands of corporations, at the expense of Australian sovereignty
-       Impedes future governments to legislate in the interest of the country
The attendees resolved to fight the agreement while it contained elements which disadvantaged and restricted local access to work, and left Chinese workers open to exploitation.
 
The rally is the second in a series of national protests against the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement after unions gathered to condemn ChAFTA at the Labor National Conference on Friday.

Media contact: Lachlan Williams – 0447 682 027 lachlan@etuaustralia.org.au

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