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Prime Minister Tony Abbott poses with the front page of the South Coast Register announcing the closure of the Mill in February - the PM promised support for workers over the weeks and months ahead - support which has not been adequate
Created Thu 21/05/2015, Last Updated Thu 21/05/2015

Government abandons Shoalhaven paper workers as mill closure date announced

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.

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Tony Maher
Created Wed 20/05/2015, Last Updated Wed 20/05/2015

LEAN push for 50% Renewable Energy by 2030 Target

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.

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Rio Tinto
Created Tue 19/05/2015, Last Updated Tue 19/05/2015

Rio Tinto must drop cynical challenge to asbestos compensation in NT: CFMEU

The CFMEU is urging Rio Tinto to drop its High Court challenge in an asbestos compensation case in the Northern Territory, in which the mining giant is seeking to limit future claims from victims.

In a court ruling on Friday, a former Gove refinery worker won his compensation case and was awarded $425,000 from Rio Tinto after originally being denied compensation due to a legal technicality.