AUSTRALIA: TRADE UNIONS CALL FOR TRANSITION FROM COAL GENERATED ELECTRICITY

27 November 2016
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AUSTRALIAN trade unions have thrown their weight behind a transition away from coal-generated electricity, calling for a new statutory authority to manage a “just transition”, supporting workers and communities that rely on fossil fuel-related jobs. A policy discussion paper written by the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) said a planned closure of coal power stations – along with both a jobs and energy plan for the country – would “create a more prosperous and diversified economy”. The move comes days after the announcement of the closure of Australia’s dirtiest power station, Hazelwood in Victoria, following agitations by the trade unions and environmentalist organizations
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