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Big miners’ ChAFTA words ring hollow

A leading union secretary has hit back at two mining executives quoted in this morning’s Australian newspaper on the Turnbull government’s trade deal with China. Read More >

Turnbull shows true colours as commitment to be more consultative abandoned

Malcolm Turnbull’s decision to prematurely introduce enabling legislation for the China Australia Free Trade Agreement, just a day after the calculated political execution of his former boss, shows the depth of his capacity for treachery, according to a major trade union. Read More >

Inpex safety cover-ups hide deeper problems

Safety issues at the Northern Territory’s Inpex LNG project, which resulted in the crushing of a worker on an elevated platform being covered up and not reported as a lost time injury, are indicative of deep problems with the project and its work culture, unions have warned. Read More >

Gladstone protest gathers massive crowd

More than 1500 workers, trade unionists and concerned community members have rallied in the central Queensland coastal town of Gladstone to protest the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement. Read More >

Workers vindicated in Bechtel court action

Workers employed by US construction giant Bechtel in Gladstone, Queensland have had their leave cancellations on the day of a rally against the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement reversed as the result of court action taken by the Electrical Trades Union today. Read More >

Union warns Australian workers to “hang on to your wallets” following Productivity Commission report

The release of the draft Productivity Commission report today represents the beginning of a renewed attack on the working conditions of all Australians, according to the Electrical Trades Union. Read More >

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. Read More >

ETU leadership team returned unopposed

The Electrical Trades Union has continued its run of strong national leadership, with the incumbent team of national secretary Allen Hicks and assistant national secretary David Mier being returned unopposed at the recent quadrennial elections. Read More >

Axing of vocational education and skills ministry reveals hollowness of Turnbull’s “jobs and growth” mantra

Malcolm Turnbull’s “jobs and growth” slogan has been exposed just weeks after the Federal Election, with the Prime Minister using his first cabinet reshuffle to axe the vocational education and skills portfolio. Read More >

Union welcomes backbencher’s honesty on ChAFTA

Government backbencher Andrew Laming has spilled the beans on the China Free Trade deal live on radio.   Read More >

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