Union members ready to march over ‘dud deal’

HUNDREDS of trade union members are expected to turn out at Monday's rally protesting the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement.

The protesters will meet at the corner of Yarroon St and Hanson Rd at noon, before marching on federal MP Ken O'Dowd's office to let the government know workers "won't be taken for granted".

Electrical Trades Union national secretary Allen Hicks, who will be at the Gladstone rally, said the government had committed Australia to a "dud deal".

>> Fact check: Does the China FTA threaten Australian jobs?

The ETU says it wants changes to ensure the agreement doesn't reduce employment opportunities, erode industrial safety standards, expose the government to litigation, give unprecedented power to corporations or impede afuture government's ability to legislate in the national interest.

The rally follows a court stoush between Bechtel and the ETU over a leaked email stating RDOs for Monday had been revoked.

The matter was resolved on Thursday.

Topics:  etu free trade agreement gladstone march rally unions

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