CANBERRA – The Australian Mfg. Workers Union says the country's proposed free-trade agreement (FTA) with China could cripple the automotive components industry and result in thousands of lost jobs. (See related story: Australia Enters Free-Trade Talks With China) Paul Bastian, union state secretary, says the federal government is not considering the effect an FTA would have on the country's workers. "What employers are demanding is that workers adopt and compete on Chinese wage ...

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