Ac­cord on China trade deal

Pilbara News - - Business -

Tar­iffs on im­ports from China will start fall­ing in time for the postChrist­mas sales, af­ter the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment and Op­po­si­tion struck a deal over Aus­tralia’s free-trade agree­ment with our big­gest trad­ing part­ner.

But unions were vow­ing to con­tinue the fight against the deal, de­spite the Gov­ern­ment agree­ing to some La­bor de­mands con­cern­ing worker pro­vi­sions.

Un­der the agree­ment, reg­u­la­tions will be in­tro­duced to en­sure there is labour mar­ket test­ing by com­pa­nies seek­ing to bring in over­seas work­ers.

For­eign work­ers will have to be paid at a rate equiv­a­lent to work­place agree­ments of lo­cally em­ployed staff and will have to hold a li­cence or qual­i­fi­ca­tion within 90 days of ar­riv­ing.

Trade Min­is­ter An­drew Robb hopes to have the full agree­ment passed by Par­lia­ment be­fore it rises for the year in early De­cem­ber.

Pic­ture: Getty Images

An­drew Robb

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