Bill Shorten to Establish A Just Transition Authority
Federal Labor leader Bill Shorten to establish a Just Transition Authority
The Services Union “Our Energy Footprint” 2015-2020 Campaign has continued to pursue the goals established in 2015 by the Energy Industry delegates to establish “Just Transition” principles in State and Federal Labor policy.
This announcement by Bill Shorten to establish a Just Transition Authority is welcomed and it recognises all the efforts by Unions and Delegates over the past four years in pursuit of such a body to smooth the energy evolution.
Lindsay Goode, who is a former power station worker, ASU Life Member and former delegate at the Port Augusta Power Stations said we cannot allow the mistakes of the past in communities like Port Augusta to be repeated.
“We can do much better for coal workers, their families and communities,” said Mr Goode.
“A Just Transition means that politicians and industry realise they have a duty to support workers to transition into a productive life after closure. It’s about workers being able to leave their job with dignity.
“A Just Transition Authority would have made an enormous difference to Alinta workers and our families. Instead we had an unplanned closure where workers were scrambling to find other work, with many of my colleagues forced to leave Port Augusta and the state to find work.
“Labor establishing an Energy Transition Authority will mean power station workers will be able to look forward and be supported to make a plan to earn a living in a good, decent job.”
Energy QLD Services Union delegate Ken Feltham said the establishment of a national transition authority built on the work taking place at a state level.
“Energy is a national market so it’s important we have national leadership. Labor’s announcement today gives us hope that we won’t be forgotten in the change ahead,” said Mr Feltham.