Labor betrays workers to support wage-crushing Indonesian FTA

Labor’s caucus will shortly decide whether to support the federal government’s proposed free trade agreements (FTA) with Indonesia, Hong Kong and Peru. Sources have indicated that Labor is unlikely to oppose the legislation. Meanwhile, the ACTU is lobbying Labor MPs to oppose the bill, due to concerns about issues such as allowing thousands of Indonesians working rights. From The AFR:

Labor will hold a special caucus meeting at 8.30am Thursday to come to a position after shadow trade minister Madeleine King recommended to a committee of caucus on Wednesday that the party support the legislation… Senior party sources said Labor would not stand in the way of the trade deals that were negotiated by the Coalition…

The ACTU, which fears the deals could allow the importation of foreign labour and for foreign companies to sue the Australian government, is actively lobbying MPs, both individually and in groups, to vote against the bills…

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