A delegation of CFMEU Pulp and Paper Workers from Millicent will travel to Parliament House today to brief Federal Member for Barker, Tony Pasin, on challenges to their job security. Workers will seek the MP’s support as part of their ‘Don’t Shred Pulp and Paper Jobs’ initiative, a part of the CFMEU’s ‘Let’s Spread it Around Campaign’.
Alex Millar, National Secretary of the CFMEU’s Pulp and Paper Worker’s District, is leading the delegation in asking Mr Pasin to sign a pledge to set the right example to the community by buying Australian made paper and paper products for their offices and personal use.
“Australian manufacturing is put under threat every day by the extensive use of imported paper by Governments, their agencies and businesses” Mr Millar said.
“We want Tony Pasin to use his influence to encourage the Federal Government to provide a fairer go for Australian industry, particularly in Australia’s domestic markets,” he said.
The workers will ask Tony Pasin to lobby for changes to Government policy including:
* Committing the Australian Government, its agencies and businesses to buy more Australian Made paper and use less imported paper;
* Ensuring overseas suppliers adhere to the same standards required of local businesses and workers;
* Preventing unfairly dumped paper products from being imported from overseas; and
* Preventing misuse of market power by major retailers and office suppliers, ensuring local manufacturing viability and ongoing competition in the market place.
“By signing the pledge today Tony Pasin will signal to workers and families in the Barker electorate that he is committed to supporting their livelihoods,” concluded Mr Millar.
Source:- statement from CFMEU