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Answers for Hazelwood workers



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THE HON MARK BUTLER MP

SHADOW MINISTER FOR CLIMATE CHANGE AND ENERGY MEMBER FOR PORT ADELAIDE

PAT CONROY MP

SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR CLIMATE CHANGE AND ENGERY MEMBER FOR SHORTLAND

ANSWERS FOR HAZELWOOD WORKERS

Federal Labor welcomes the landmark Latrobe Valley Worker Transfer Scheme agreement between the Victorian Government, unions, and power companies Engie and AGL.

This agreement represents a significant step towards a broader Just Transition policy for workers and communities facing the biggest impacts from the transition to a clean energy economy.

The workers, companies and the Andrews Victorian Government have all demonstrated what is possible with tripartite cooperation towards a common goal and we congratulate all the companies and unions involved, as well as the Andrews Government, for the leadership and vision they have shown. In particular, the leadership of the CFMEU and the ACTU needs to be applauded, without which this pooled redeployment model would not have gotten off the ground.

Thanks to this agreement, 150 relatively young Hazelwood workers will be able to redeploy to AGL’s Loy Yang A and continue their careers in the La Trobe power sector. It also secures in principle support from Engie to allow workers to move to Loy Yang B.

This agreement sets a crucial precedent. It is solid proof that Labor’s policy of a broader national plan to ensure a Just Transition for workers and communities isn’t empty rhetoric or a pipedream, it is a real policy that will help manage inevitable economic transitions in the interests of workers and communities.

Since its inception, the core of Labor’s Just Transition policy has been a worker pooled redeployment scheme. Labor remains committed to supporting this cooperative approach more broadly across the country, in the context of inevitable retirement of ageing electricity infrastructure.

In contrast, the Turnbull Government’s approach is to wash its hands of managing the transition, whether it comes to working with the sector to better plan inevitable retirements, or to ensure a Just Transition for workers and communities. Australia must do better if we’re to safeguard our energy security as well as make sure we don’t leave whole communities behind as we go through inevitable economic changes.

FRIDAY, 10 MARCH 2017

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LUCY CARUSO (BUTLER) 0408 803 428 PADDY DOULMAN (CONROY) 0459 106 424