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Last updated: 04 June 2016

FAWU condemns threats of Removing SA from AGOA by USA due to SA`s anti-dumping duties against USA chickens

4 June 2016

The Food and Allied Workers Union (FAWU) notes with disgust the threats, made by Senator Chris Coons of the Delaware in the United States of America (USA), to remove South Africa as a beneficiary of the USA`s Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) following the imposition of anti-dumping duties against USA`s dumped chickens by South Africa, especially noting Mr Coons` chairmanship of the Senate foreign relations sub-committee on African affairs and co-author status of AGOA`s new version in 2015.

While these threats represent a dilemma for our government; in that losing out of market access in the USA for a variety of products permissible and allowable through AGOA is far a heavier `price`, estimated at $3.6 billion in value and 62 000 in jobs, to pay as compared to allowing these USA dumped chickens to undermine South African poultry industry; we wish to encourage our government to insist on principle, which is to defend our local poultry industry against USA chicken dumping-induced de-industrialization through these anti-dumping duties and other interventions.

Meanwhile, we condemn those USA Senators that chose to mount such threats against our government and we hereby demand that these Senators withdraw from such imperialist policy offensive against our country.

While admitting that this is a toughest call for our government to make, we can only encourage them to use diplomatic channels available to bring sanity to bear with these USA Senators and other lawmakers and the American government should these threats graduate into an all-out offensive against AGOA `beneficiary` status for South Africa.

We take this opportunity to also condemn those `importers`; or should we say, `conveyer-belts` of dumped chickens, as represented by the Association of Meat Importers and Exporters (AMIE); for welcoming these threats as if they create jobs yet we all know that it is only the storage and related handling jobs that goes with such outright imports while the country needs to preserve manufacturing jobs.

We hope that this Senator Coos and his fellow likeminded lawmakers will come to their senses and withdraw from such imperialist policy path.

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