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Created Fri 15/02/2013, Last Updated Mon 18/02/2013

Anti-Dumping Commission a welcome step to levelling the playing field for Australian jobs

The Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union has welcomed today’s passing in the House of Representatives of legislation enabling the creation of a new Anti-Dumping Commission.

The union believes its creation will send a clear message to unscrupulous importers who target Australian jobs by dumping underpriced surplus products onto our markets.

“Under the previous regime Australia was seen as a soft touch,” CFMEU National Secretary Michael O'Connor said.

“The result has been devastating, with thousands of workers losing their jobs in the timber, wood products, building products, and furniture manufacturing industries alone.

“The Government deserves to be congratulated for taking action on this issue, despite the vocal opposition from those with vested interests and free trade extremists.

“The Government’s anti-dumping reform agenda — with a better-resourced, tougher cop on the beat to investigate and address illegal predatory dumping at its core — is a great victory.”

In addition to the new Anti-Dumping Commission — which Home Affairs Minister Jason Clare today said would be up and running by the middle of this year — the CFMEU is looking forward to seeing legislation and prompt implementation of the other elements of the anti-dumping changes announced by the Government in December 2012.

These include tougher penalties for importers who are trying to dump and avoid dumping duties and complement last year’s legislation creating an anti-circumvention framework. Together they give Australian manufacturers a fairer go  when competing against countries such as China.

“The passing of this bill represents an important milestone in the ‘Let’s Spread It Around’ campaign by CFMEU members for the protection of their jobs,” Mr O’Connor said.

“It also shows that the Government is taking some of the recommendations of the Prime Minister’s manufacturing taskforce seriously.

“However the union is still calling for the implementation of more recommendations of the non-government members report to level the playing field for Australian manufacturing workers.”