With unemployment at a 12-year high, local workers struggling to find a job will not welcome today's announcement of a free trade agreement with China, said CFMEU National Secretary Michael O'Connor.
Under the trade deal, the Abbott Government has agreed to a mechanism to allow Chinese investors to bring in their own workforce for large infrastructure projects above $150 million.
The CFMEU has called on the Royal Commission to reject biased and unsubstantiated submissions of the Counsel Assisting and make findings based on facts.
CFMEU National Construction Secretary Dave Noonan described the submissions and their recommendations as a complete whitewash, fuelled by anti-union prejudice.
“This Commission was set up, funded, and had its terms dictated by the Abbott Liberal Government,” Mr Noonan said. “Nobody should be surprised that these submissions line up with a predetermined outcome and deliver exactly what was expected of them.
Statement from Dave Noonan, National Construction Secretary, CFMEU
Our thoughts today are with the families of the three young people killed. Their children made the fateful decision to walk past a Grocon site – a company with no regard for safety, a company that puts profits first.
Grocon has admitted it is guilty of a crime in court today.
But they negotiated a deal to avoid a trial, and will walk away with a small fine that amounts to a slap on the wrist.
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