Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union



CHAFTA job numbers are PM’s first test

The Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, faces his first test of economic leadership after it was reported that the Government’s job numbers on the China Free Trade Agreement we wrong.

Over recent weeks, Trade Minister Andrew Robb, along with other senior Government ministers, had claimed that the China Free Trade Agreement would create 178,000 jobs over 20 years.

Instead, Fairfax Media reports that the number is actually 5434 jobs, from Government modeling done by the Centre for International Economics.

Indeed so off is the Government’s job forecast that this number is not only for the China Free Trade Agreement but also for the Japan and Korean Agreements as well.

Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union (AMWU) NSW Secretary, Tim Ayres, called on the Prime Minister to come clean with the numbers.

“Malcolm Turnbull knocked off a first term Prime Minister promising a more honest economic discussion. Well it’s time to put your money where your mouth is” said Mr Ayres.

“He needs to tell the workers of Australia that the Government’s own modelling shows that the China Free Trade Agreement will barely create a dent in the unemployment that blue collar workers now face” he said.

Compounding the poor jobs predictions, the provisions of the China Free Trade Agreement will allow Chinese companies to import foreign workers on Australian projects with no requirement for labour market testing.

“All Australians want an honest economic discussion and an end to the spin. That’s why the new PM needs to provide the facts.

“The fact is, that under this agreement, Australian workers lose” he said.

“If Malcolm Turnbull can’t come clean with Australians on these numbers, then he will be exposed as a fraud” 



Media Contact:                                     George Simon                      0400 055 081

Download the release here

Share on


Oct 12, 2016

Jeyda puts a female fit on Qantas Runway

If it’s a good move for Qantas to introduce designer uniforms for its female pilots...

Oct 11, 2016

Viva Energy Refinery Supreme Court Orders

NOTICE: ORDER MADE BY THE SUPREME COURT OF VICTORIA Today, 11 October 2016, the Supreme...

Oct 07, 2016

MEDIA RELEASE: Tough day for workers as the last Ford rolls off the Broadmeadows assembly line

Later today, Friday 7 October, the final Ford vehicle will roll off the line at...

Happening now

  • Candidate Kalamunda State Electorate for WA Labor. Risk Manager. Local Government Councillor.
  • Journalist & Bakery Boss for @femail at @dailymailau | Feminist | Politics nerd | Fan of gin & carbs | Sorted into Slytherin |
  • bloke from Wollongong, all silliness my own
  • Supporter of public education. It is critical to social cohesion, justice and equity. Respectful environmentalist. Happy to pay taxes. All views are my own.
  • Rich life, child of the fifties above all a mother dabbling in knowledge for the greater good For some reason politics takes alot of my thoughts
  • Enjoy reading, music, conversation & other stuff. Travel a 'bit' left, easy going, and independent. Be nice to others & it will generally bounce back to you.