Unions: Throw open borders to cheap, sick Chinese workers

With the coronavirus spreading like wildfire, and Australian wages hovering near record lows, the union movement has demanded the federal government open Australia’s borders to temporary Chinese migrant workers:

Unions are calling on the federal government to lift the “discriminatory” Chinese travel ban, with some businesses struggling to cope without temporary workers who remain trapped in China.

Under the ban, Chinese nationals who are permanent residents are able to enter Australia from China but temporary workers are blocked unless they spend two weeks in a third country.

Childcare and meat production have been particularly hard hit, with some operators asking employees to cover more hours and others using employment agencies to recruit fill-ins…

Tens of thousands of Chinese people hold temporary work visas in Australia, although it is not known how many are in China and unable to return…

Victoria’s trade unions have called on the federal government to lift the travel restriction, arguing it discriminates against Chinese people based on their passport.

The Victorian Trades Hall Council is demanding temporary workers be allowed into Australia after passing the same health checks as permanent residents.

Luke Hilakari, Trades Hall secretary, said no “no worker should lose their job as a result of the travel ban.”

So, the union movement, which is supposed to lobby for better pay and conditions for Australian workers, is instead lobbying the federal government to expedite the entry of temporary migrant workers from China.

Not only would lifting the travel ban risk spreading the coronavirus, but it would also increase labour supply, thereby placing downward pressure on pay and conditions for working-class Australians.

Remember, Chinese migrants are among the lowest paid workers in Australia, according to the ABS:

Thus, the union movement is asking for unfettered flows of low-paid migrants to inundate Australia’s workplaces to undercut locals, as well as asking for the coronavirus to become a pandemic in Australia.

Because old people must die to prevent perceived racism.

Leith van Onselen

Comments

    • Stewie GriffinMEMBER

      Ironic – in Nazi Germany Union leaders were thrown into prison or concentration camps for working to prevent the creation of a Corporate Fascist state… yet here they are working to create just such an outcome in Australia.

    • I think this goes to show that CCP infiltration through corrupting Australia is now complete.
      There is absolutely nothing in this union message that is good for their members or Australian workers more generally.
      Completely and utterly corrupted.
      The unions and labour deserve to die a long death of irrelevance.

      • bolstroodMEMBER

        “The unions and labour deserve to die a long death of irrelevance.”
        I thought they were, this article rather proves it.
        I was a union member most of my working life, but the modern unions are as corrupt as the political process.

  1. Multiple cases confirmed of people who had been cleared of the virus after 14 then succumbing, and or people who previously HAD the virus, recovered then sucumbed again.

      • Old peoples homes are basically run by cheap labor – impossible to get a job if your Australian in those places.

        Also – my kids just went through child care – grand parents pick up the kids more than 50% of the time.

        Double whammy.

      • Charles MartinMEMBER

        the next time I go to the supermarket, I’m going to see if the depends are in short supply.

    • Charles MartinMEMBER

      c’mon mate, how can you say that when they fly the eureka flag, they are warriors for the workers and always on the look out for a fight against you and your ilk.

    • Totes BeWokeMEMBER

      Unions are great and absolutely necessary but the FW extreme modern leftists at the top at the moment need to be replaced.

        • Totes BeWokeMEMBER

          She’s welcome to do that.

          On her time, with her resources.

          Not with the funds, and on the time of fee paying members.

          I’m amazed they’re putting up with it.

  2. Victoria unions, indeed the union movement is infected with the treacherous ‘progressive flu virus’.

    • ErmingtonPlumbingMEMBER

      An apathetic rank-and-file doesn’t help the situation either.

      It’s the lack of participation and demands for greater democratic control of all institutional decision making that always leads to the promotion of self-serving agendas coming out of an all to often narcissistic and psychopathic leadership.

      These cvnts simply need to be put on tight rank and file/democratic leashes.

      • Most of the union rank and file I work with are BBs who vote on matters that effect them directly which includes keeping house prices high via mass immigrants, yet they whinge about traffic and infrastructure. Last vote all the BBs voted to make all the young have redundancy capped at 10 years while they keep their 88 weeks. The people before them looked after them now they won’t look after us. Grubs they are and laugh at anyone younger as they have the numbers. Hopefully this virus puts a few in their rightful place.✊🏿

  3. My limited involvement with unions has consistently found them to be amongst the most incompetent organisations I have dealt with.

    • Yeah, you either vote for the big business scumbags who tell you they’re going to sell the country out from under you or you vote for the ones who say they won’t, but go ahead and do it anyway.

      Labor are more hypocritical than Barnaby Joyce at Sunday mass. At least he was just screwing a staffer, Labor happily screw their former core constituency over and over and wonder why they’re in endless opposition despite being up against The Muppet Show.

      • Totes BeWokeMEMBER

        Beautifully put.

        At least with LNP I can “take mine”.

        With Labor, mine is taken, to hand around to people who never have and never will work.

        For anyone who works, the choice is simple.

  4. blindjusticeMEMBER

    An international student living in Brisbane has become the seventh person to test positive for coronavirus in Queensland.
    The 20-year-old man from China is in a stable condition in isolation in the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital. He had travelled to Dubai for at least two weeks before entering Australia via Brisbane on February 23.
    The man lives in the suburb of Toowong with one housemate, who is undergoing assessment.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/queensland/university-student-tests-positive-for-coronavirus-in-brisbane-20200303-p546ay.html
    the system works

  5. thanks to Hawke’s superannuation trick Unions in Australia have been turned into champions of neoliberalism.

    nowhere in the world that transition to neoliberalism was so successful and the main reason for that is creation of industry superannuation by Hawke who gave union bosses option to become well paid financial industry bosses if they betray workers.

  6. The china syndrome has penetrated to all levels in this country. Politicians unions education etc all traitorous servants of the china.

  7. This virus will be civilisation altering and Australia has hardly even felt theeffect of it and already they’re crying out for this along with the sniveling uni VCs. Oh dear I can’t wait to see what happens as we start to many more infections and our death toll gets to 50.

    • ErmingtonPlumbingMEMBER

      I got teased and called paranoid, buy friends and associates, when I withheld my children from going back to school for the first 3 days of the school year.
      Now my concerns and predictions are coming true a lot of those friends and associates are just calling me out of the blue wanting to chat about Corona virus!,… haha.
      Literally just calling me up to talk about this virus.
      I’m a Plumber not fvcking Nostradamus I tell them, I don’t know what’s coming next or how bad it’ll get, but I suspect it’s going to get a lot worse.
      Better stock up on those tins of beans I go on.
      Doesn’t get the same tin foil hat ridiculing laugh as it did only a week ago.

      6000 tins,…all but 500 in Ham Sauce, bloody wife insisted I get some Beans in tomato sauce.
      Will trade the BB in tomato sauce for long firearms and ammo.

      • I feel you Ermo. I thanked my parents yesterday for not ridiculing me (though they did scoff a bit at some things I said when I said em but FMD EVERYTHING 100% I have said has come true so far, right down to a Chinese student who spent 14 days in Dubai). Literally on Sat morning I told them I don’t want to work anymore as my gut is screaming at me each time I’m at the pool working that it is dangerous. I told them I want to take 2-3 weeks off so that I’m not working during this dangerous time before they close down recreation centres. And Mum says that’s extreme. I explain though I shouldn’t have to that I have an auto immune disorder. We don’t know how my immune system works (frequently really well, but many scientists think we get cfs from an immune system over response which has been posited as one reason for cytokine storms in some Covid 19 sufferers who end up dead). It’s a pretty serious co-morbidity for something like this. I am finally starting to feel so much better now with 4 months of taking the correct activated vitamins and minerals, my envelope of energy available to me has increased and my baseline has moved up, plus when I crash it isn’t as deep or as long lasting. I was allowing myself to have some hope that I may be able to have a life again and Covid 19 comes along. I won’t lie, when I’m in pain and I feel like sh1t I don’t care if I live but now that I’m feeling better I want to survive this thing and live a life because mine got stolen from me. Anyway talking about the effect of cfs bought on the tears (which is always does when I speak face to face about the devastating impacts it has had on the life I wanted to lead but can’t) and that got them to change their minds. I’m not afraid of catching Covid 19, I know it will happen eventually. I’m not stressed about it and I’m not scared. I am informed and being informed allows you to adequately plan and prepare (physically, emotionally and mentally). My goal is to delay catching it for as long as possible until they know more and the chance of a vaccine is closer. Putting myself in danger for less than $500 a week is nuts when I have savings, no debt and don’t cost my parents much apart from food, phone and fuel. Plus I’m a good employee and I’ve never had any trouble finding work so I’m not concerned about that if I lose my job. People who can adequately asses risks will have a better chance of surviving, that’s me. I’m giving myself every chance of surviving without going overboard on risk aversion.
        I sure as h3ll hope you stocked up on more than baked beans! You could end up killing each other from food boredom.
        And to me it sounds like you should have pulled the kids out for the first 8 weeks of school, 3 days was smart but not long enough (though I understand it would have been impossible to do, going against the crowd for the 3 days is amazing). TBH I think this whole academic year is a write off from a school attendance point of view. Good luck with everything

        • I’m thinking that healthy and younger people should continue living normally and expect to catch the virus and hopefully live.

          We should try to keep our old and sick in isolation for a while. The healthy can continue to work and deliver supplies at arms length to the people in isolation.

          This would give us time to find a cure, and also prevent all the weak people from getting sick all at once and needing ICU beds which don’t exist.

          • This. I also think the true risks are being downplayed by saying it isn’t severe for “the healthy”. If you count all older folks and all manner of chronic illnesses in “the unhealthy” (as it appears some commentators do), that is a very significant number of people… could be 1/4 or even 1/3 of the population….

            As an older person whose parents effed up my lungs with their tobacco use when I was a child, I’m not liking my odds and will do my best to self-quarantine if the virus hits my area as I suspect it will, since it’s full of foreign students. As odd luck would have it, I was recently made redundant and have a package that will buy me some time to lie low, not have to deal with 2-3 hours of public transport per day, and acquire some new skills without interruption. Hopefully that’ll give docs the chance to get a good handle on how to treat patients with different conditions who get it, so that my odds area as good as they can possibly be if/when I eventually get it. Thanks to the Internet, quarantine doesn’t mean full solitary confinement.

          • From how this has played out so far, that sounds like the most practical answer to the whole thing. It’s too late to contain it now, so it’s about management.

        • Yeah what’s with the rush on toilet paper?
          I mean seriously food OK. EP and his baked beans makes sense. You can always take a sh!t and use some newspaper but if you run out of food you can’t eat toilet paper…………. or maybe the Wuflu gives you the sh!ts????

          • Toilet paper is made in Australia from Aussie inputs so it’s not a concern. Ok some people get stocked up, that’s good for over all prep and resilience. I think it’ll be quite some time before toilet paper supplies get dire in Oz because you’d need local factory shut downs and supply lines to collapse. Medicine, health care access and critical items which are supply chain impacted from affected areas overseas are a much bigger worry and will be affected first.

          • I don’t think sewer systems can cope with newspaper whereas dunny roll paper rapidly disintegrates. I should ask the resident plumber!

        • rob barrattMEMBER

          Just for a laugh I went into Chemist Warehouse and asked if they had any masks. The lady rolled her eyes and said thay’d sold out weeks ago. The joke is, apart from a couple of makes most of them aren’t fine enough filters to trap the virus.
          Must rush out to get some bog roll. A week or so with a fever is one thing but no bog roll? Terminal….

      • Ermo, will our WCs and sewer systems cope with newspaper instead of dunny rolls?

      • TailorTrashMEMBER

        Nice strategic move going for the ham sauce Ermo …..at least the muzzos won’t be too keen on your stash ……..me thinks if things get out of hand here this little bug might do more damage to what’s left of our society than a few misguided mussos anyway …..

        • I spent 24 hours wondering, “New term for mozzies?” “What do musos not like about beans in ham sauce?” before…. “Ohhhhhhhh……”.

    • Totes BeWokeMEMBER

      What will be shocking for Australians is how limited medical resources will be used.

      I wonder if money will determine access to better health care? Just kidding.

      It’ll be a precursor to what’s coming for Australia’s plebs when we’re 50m people.

      • ErmingtonPlumbingMEMBER

        Ive been thinking about this also.
        Only so many ICU and isolation ward beds to go around.
        Ive been thinking of how to set up Oxygen at home using my Industrial oxy

        • Totes BeWokeMEMBER

          Easily. Get a simple therapy mask (if you can’t get your hands on one, just a seal with strategically sized holes) and regulate slightly above atmospheric pressure.

    • If just 10% of Australians are infected over the next 12 months with draconian quarantine measures, with a conservative mortality rate of 0.9% we’re looking at 22,500 dead. Australians serving in WW2 had 27,000 KIA.

  8. Totes BeWokeMEMBER

    The left are out of control. The union has forgotten it’s role.

    Time for a reset.

        • bolstroodMEMBER

          Director of the Dept of Ed and Training.
          anyone else with his record would be marched out the door.
          Good family and political connections.

  9. SHAME on these unions! This is not the way to protect Australian workers.

    In other news, my stockpile is up to 100 cans of mixed beans and vegetables and 30 litres of water, among other things. I’m seriously lacking in paper goods, which could be an issue with all those beans. Off to go try to find some now.

    • I haven’t bothered with water. I figure we will have water, gas, electricity, just won’t want to leave the house. No water is end-of-days stuff (and in end of days, I’m doomed anyway!).

  10. I live in an older unit block and am not completely sure I trust the internal pipe system not to let contaminants through, though.
    I don’t expect water to disappear. I expect my trust of the water that is there, to disappear.