Amendments support workers rights, but still problems with China FTA
October 14: The China FTA would allow Chinese companies investing more than A$150 million to import many temporary workers without testing if local workers are available, and it will allow Chinese companies to sue the Australian government in international tribunals over changes in domestic legislation (ISDS). Parliament will vote on the implementing legislation in November.
The ALP proposed amendments to the Migration Act would provide some protections for the rights of both temporary workers and local workers and would apply to all trade agreements, including the China FTA and future agreements. AFTINET supports amendments to the Migration Act that would protect workers' rights. We still oppose the inclusion of ISDS and other aspects of the China FTA. See our latest briefing paper here.