none

Time to cut cheap imports: unions

28-04-2011
by 
in 

Unions have warned the Federal Government to clamp down on cheap illegal imports, which are harming Australia's manufacturing sector.

Union and business leaders have called for stricter laws to combat dumping of cheap goods in Australia by nations such as China, which may jeopardize Australia’s manufacturing future.

Dumping occurs when an overseas company exports its products to a country below the cost at which they sell at home, a practice that runs counter to World Trade Organisation rules.

Australian Workers Union national secretary Paul Howes said the Government must limit the sale of dumped goods in Australia or risk a harder debate over its planned controversial carbon emissions tax.

''If we don't get this right, if we don't have an anti-dumping system that works, if we don't have a realistic and sensible approach to trade, it makes the carbon debate that much harder,'' says Mr Howes.

''We're not going to be able to transform our economy and transform our industries without proper industry planning, without proper approaches to the realities in terms of global trade.''

Prime Minister Julia Gillard is facing increasing criticism over the lack of detail in her proposed carbon tax, which was floated early this year.

Anti-dumping groups are also concerned the tax will disadvantage local manufacturers even more, because it will raise the price of goods.

Mr Howes was speaking at the Trade Hall Auditorium in Sydney after a discussion with other union groups, business leaders and Independent federal politicians Nick Xenophon and Bob Katter.

The AWU will submit an anti-dumping discussion paper Don't Dump on Australia to the Federal Government. The document will invite comment from Australian manufacturers and exporters.

Related news & editorials

  1. Bonfiglioli’s extensive range of quality products are designed to meet the needs of the maritime industry.
    10.03.2021
    10.03.2021
    by      In , In
    As an island continent, Australians are well aware of the need for a robust and efficient maritime sector.
    Indeed, the maritime industry equates to an estimated annual global revenue of $6.88 billion and around $2.32 billion of this belongs to our local economy, according to the Australian Industry... Read More
  2. 04.02.2021
    04.02.2021
    by      In
    As the global aerospace industry evolves, new challenges emerge.
    Production delays, manufacturing materials shortages and even counterfeit parts, can keep your fleet grounded.
    Aerospace OEMs and their supply chains demand manufacturing partnerships with the highest levels of precision, quality... Read More
  3. 21.01.2021
    21.01.2021
    by      In
    The roller chain drives lurking in warehouses and factories across the country are outdated.
    They require regular lubrication and retensioning and even then they corrode over time. Now there’s a better way.
    Design for high torques and high performance, even with heavy loads the Delta chain carbon... Read More
  4. 21.01.2021
    21.01.2021
    by      In
    Reliable and accurate measurement of linear displacement has been a long standing challenge in harsh environments such as machine tools and injection moulding machines.
    But a new range of sensors has risen to the challenge.
    TURCK’s newest generation of contactless linear position sensors make high... Read More
Products
Suppliers