China FTA allows exploitation and safety breaches

June 4, 2016: The Sydney Morning Herald reports that temporary skilled workers brought to Australia under the "streamlined" provisions of the China FTA this year were given bogus health and safety training and were paid less than the minimum wage.  Health and safety breaches resulted in failure to complete the job, which had to be completed by local workers.See ACTU meme here.

June 6, 2016: Dr Joanna Howe writes that the SMH report is a "slap in the face" for the Coalition Government which dismissed claims that temporary workers would be exploited and conditions undermined. The report vindicates predictions made by herself and others that the China FTA would result in exploitation and safety risks for temporary workers, and potentially undermine conditions for all workers.