ACTU polling reveals community opposition to trade agreements that undermine workers’ rights and government sovereignty
October 9, 2019: Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) polling in the seats of Bass, Brand, Corio, Hunter and Rankin reveals 75 - 80 per cent of voters oppose trade agreements that allow additional work visas without first testing if local workers can fill available jobs and that include Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) provisions that give corporations the right to sue governments for policy decisions that impact on their profit.
The polling comes as parliamentarians are preparing for a likely vote on the implementing legislation for trade agreements with Peru, Indonesia and Hong Kong next week. All three of these agreements include ISDS provisions and the Indonesia and Peru agreements also expand the number of temporary workers that are vulnerable to exploitation.
ACTU President, Michele O’Neil, stated that “Scott Morrison has sold out Australian workers. The Liberals want to keep wages low. He always puts the demands of big business before Australians."