AWU to launch anti-dumping campaign after Gillard speech

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AWU to launch anti-dumping campaign after Gillard speech

The AWU will launch its anti-dumping campaign next Wednesday (16 February), after its 125th biennial conference has been addressed by Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Treasurer Wayne Swan.

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The AWU will launch its anti-dumping campaign next Wednesday (16 February), after its 125th biennial conference has been addressed by Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Treasurer Wayne Swan.
 
AWU national secretary Paul Howes will tell the conference that predatory dumping and subsidies steal Australian jobs.
 
‘Companies and countries involved in dumping steal good Australian jobs, and undermine community support for the World Trade Organization’s free trade regime,’ he will say.
 
‘Our union is part of the warp and weave of Australian society. We’ve always stood up for good jobs and good companies who ensure the good life for the people of our great nation.’
 
Weak laws
 
‘The fate of AWU members rests with the creation and enforcement in Australia of a strong anti-dumping regime. Unfortunately the evidence is clear that our laws and regulations on free trade are simply weak — and other nations take advantage of our weakness.’
 
‘The AWU leadership wants that changed — and will discuss how we best achieve that with delegates at our conference.’
 
Other speakers at the conference include:
  • Assistant Treasurer and Minister for Financial Services and Superannuation, Bill Shorten
  • Minister for Workplace Relations, Senator Chris Evans
  • Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Greg Combet
  • Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator Joe Ludwig
  • Queensland’s Premier Anna Bligh
  • the Independent Member for Kenney, Bob Katter, who comes from a family with a long association with the AWU.

 

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