The Federal Government’s failure to respond to a request to have the Shoalhaven paper mill workers’ skills formally recognised has added insult to injury, the Construction, Forestry, Mining, and Energy Union (the CFMEU) said today.
Time is now officially running out for the Shoalhaven paper workers, with the company announcing today the staggered closure of the Mill with the majority of workers departing on 31 July, 2015. The workers’ skills can only be assessed while the Mill is operating.
The following is a letter written by CFMEU National President Tony Maher to ACTU Secretary Dave Oliver about the Labor Environment Action Network's push for a 50% Renewable Energy Target by 2030:
The CFMEU is very concerned that an increased Renewable Energy Target (RET) of 50% by 2030 will increase the cost of electricity for manufacturing and ordinary households while being a poor tool to reduce Australia’s overall global warming emissions.
Thanks for writing to me about the ALP National President Ballot and my position on a number of what I would agree are very important issues. I look forward to working with the CFMEU to get better outcomes for its members and other Australian workers affected by these and other important issues.