Accord on China trade deal
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.